September 10th, 2009
05:45 PM ET
5 years ago

(Updated): Wilson's opponent raises more than $500K

Joe Wilson's outburst has resulted in a cash windfall for his 2010 Democratic challenger Rob Miller.
Joe Wilson's outburst has resulted in a cash windfall for his 2010 Democratic challenger Rob Miller.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Joe Wilson's outburst has resulted in a cash windfall for his 2010 Democratic challenger Rob Miller.

According to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Miller raised $100,000 overnight from 3,000 individual donors after Wilson shouted "You lie!" at President Obama during his address to Congress on Wednesday night.

Miller released a statement last night accusing Wilson of "engaging in childish name-calling and disrespecting out Commander-in-Chief." Wilson's shout prompted Democrats on the Web to direct donors to Miller's Web site and to the Democratic fundraising site ActBlue.

Miller gave Wilson the toughest re-election challenge of his career last year in one of the country's most conservative congressional districts. Miller lost by eight points, and decided to challenge Wilson again next year.

Wilson apologized to the president after the speech, calling his comments "inappropriate and regrettable."

UPDATE: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reported Thursday morning that Miller's post-speech total had risen to $200,000.

UPDATE 2:45 pm: The DCCC reported Thursday afternoon that Miller's new post-speech total had risen to $400,000, via 11,000 individual contributions.

UPDATE: 5:45 p.m.: The DCCC reported Thursday evening that Miller post-speech total had risen to more than $500,000, via 14,000 individual contributions.


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  1. Angie in Pa

    GO MILLER GO!! Keep it up Republicans people are getting tired and Fed up with the Fact you dont want to work with the President keep it up!

    September 10, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. Jody

    He should be ashamed at his lack of manners.

    September 10, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  3. Bluebonnet

    The man strapped on a set and spoke the truth and now is being chastized for it. Shame!!!

    September 10, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. Michigan

    Wilson is a coward.

    If he felt so sttrongly that Obama was lying, he shouldn't apologize. He should say, "I have nothing to be sorry for, Obama WAS lying, here's the proof", and cite the passages where it shows Obama was lying. He must know where they are, since he was so sure about it.

    September 10, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. jrzshor

    i guess no one has watched england's parliment!

    Now, hat is democracy!!

    September 10, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. Typcical CNN Hypocrisy and Lies!

    Does CNN remind you when democrats booed and mocked Pres Bush when he addressed Congress on national TV? Of course not!

    Does CNN point out their polls are bogus and only counted democrats? Of course not!

    CNN is a joke for news and is now solely for socialism and liberalism!

    Thank God for Fox News.

    September 10, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. Proc

    Did CNN run a story when Harry Reid called President Bush "a loser?"

    September 10, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. JIMMY

    This stupid twit needs to be publicly horse-whipped in the senate chamber, something his fellow Republican rednecks used to do to black people in his completely backward and corrupt (Mark Sanford)
    state.

    September 10, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  9. michelle

    wilson needs to worry about how poor they are running sc. they need a plan beyond health care. what about the people in sc, who work for the state don't pay any preminums for health care, they go on the tax payers money. he needs to sit down somewhere and get his own state in order.

    September 10, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  10. Robert

    I'm not a president Obama fan, but to call the President of the United States of American a "Lier" in front of the nation and all of congress is absolutely unacceptable. Respect of the office must be maintained no matter who is in office. His apology while acceptable must be met with discipline.

    September 10, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  11. Sam Sixpack

    Why can't a lie be called a lie? What's wrong with the truth? BTW, the "double-digit jump in the poll" lie is a lie.

    September 10, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  12. jon,philadelphia

    Only a Republican would ever do this. It has always been the Republicans who show so much disrespect the office of the President. Since the Gingrich Revolution they have shown that winning for the rich is their only purpose and n ot in helping America.
    Wilson being so publicly ignorant just proves the point.

    September 10, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  13. Typcical CNN Hypocrisy and Lies!

    PS. I'm going to Contribute $1,000 to this guy for standing up against the greasy Chicago politician.

    September 10, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  14. the cause endures..

    Joe Wilson is a disgrace.

    I just hope he's not representative of the people of South Carolina - I guess we'll find out next year's election.

    September 10, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  15. Frank & Bella Holstein

    At long last, one man has the guts to call Obama what he is in front of Congress and the American people! Thank you, Joe. Where can I send my campaign contribution? I'm not rich, but this man deserves our support!

    September 10, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  16. Edward Veidt

    What an incredible blunder for Wilson! Two little words in one immature outburst have just given $100K to his opponent.

    Is this the GOP's master plan for regaining relevance?

    September 10, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  17. dorothyprather

    WHen will you and all of the media just come out and tell your audience that the rude and disrespectful comments made by the politicians (who hail from the South) and the other racists from the Mid west cannot get over the fact that "A Black Man is the Leader of their country.It was so evident when you looked at the faces of the white politicians during Obama's speech.It was one of total disdain and even hate. Will these politicians and Obama Haters still react this way when they one day find out that God may be a Black Man?

    September 10, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  18. John

    I would like to donate to Wilson's opponent too. We need politicians who can have an honest and civil debate. I can't stand Limbaugh type politicians.

    September 10, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  19. Ninos

    The racist trash who are Wilson's followers, will no doubt be very supportive of him! Again. If this isn't based on racism, then I don't know what is! When has any POTUS ever been disrespected as much as Obama? The right-wing trash bloggers are already defending Wilson? What happened to
    patriotism, especially respecting the Office? Trash, just trash!!!

    September 10, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  20. Lee

    Stay classy, Republicans!

    September 10, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  21. Leah in Florida

    This THUG disrepected our COUNTRY and President in front of the world by calling our President a liar! To make matters worse, he was 100% WRONG! He should resign or be removed!

    September 10, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  22. leosgirl

    I gave 100 dollars to Mr. Miller last nite. That fool Joe Wilson has no business in the same room as my President.

    September 10, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  23. laura

    Joe Wilson and the other Republicans who shouted, waved signs and papers. You just made yourself look more buffoonish and made the President look even more Presidential . I expect the President's numbers to start climbing back up.

    September 10, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  24. Shari, NY

    His only regret is that it will backfire. Republicans are digging their own graves. Just look from sea to shining sea and see for yourselves.

    September 10, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  25. norma

    I don't know that there is anything you could actually say that would better define the actions of some of the far-right Republicans than the embarassing spectacle Rep. Wilson made of himself last night. I hope the citizens of his state remember this when he comes up for re-election.

    September 10, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
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