September 11th, 2009
11:47 AM ET
5 years ago

Defiant Wilson raises more than $200,000 after outburst

Wilson directly asked in a Web video for campaign cash to fend off attacks from political opponents and said he's standing by his opposition to Democratic efforts at health care reform.
Wilson directly asked in a Web video for campaign cash to fend off attacks from political opponents and said he's standing by his opposition to Democratic efforts at health care reform.

(CNN) - Less than a day after Rep. Joe Wilson formally apologized to President Obama over his "you lie" outburst, a campaign aide confirms to CNN the South Carolina Republican has raised "more than $200,000" in the wake of the now-infamous moment.

News of that cash haul comes after Wilson directly asked in a Web video for campaign cash to fend off attacks from political opponents and said he's standing by his opposition to Democratic efforts at health care reform.

"On these issues, I will not be muzzled, I will speak up and speak loudly against this risky plan," Wilson said in a YouTube video released Thursday evening. "The supporters of the government takeover of health care and the liberals who want to give health care to illegals are using my opposition as an excuse to distract from the critical questions being raised about this poorly conceived plan."

The congressman disbursed the video via Twitter and asked his followers to "please watch and pass on."

"[Democrats] want to silence anyone who speaks out against it," Wilson also says in the video. "They made it clear they want to defeat me and pass the plan. I need your help now... contribute to my effort to defeat the proponents of government-run health care."

Wilson also sent a fundraising appeal via e-mail, saying he is confident "my voice is serving as the voice for Americans across the country who are tired of irresponsible government programs that have only worsened our situation."

The appeal for cash came as Wilson's Democratic opponent in next year's congressional race, Rob Miller, reported raking in $750,000 as a result of the outburst during President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress. Miller ran against Wilson last year, losing by eight points. It was Wilson's smallest margin of victory in his five elections for Congress.

In an e-mail to supporters Thursday night, Miller said he is aiming to top over $1 million in the next 24 hours, a total that dwarfs the $67,000 he has took in during the entire first half of the year.


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soundoff (298 Responses)
  1. Dan

    How is having a government run OPTION for people with no other means of getting insurance a government "take over" of healthcare.

    You lie, Rep. Wilson.

    September 11, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Instead of yelling out rude comments, where are your ideas? If you hate the health plan so much, WHERE IS YOUR ALERNATIVE PLAN?

    Or as a Republican, do you NOT HAVE ONE? No ideas?

    Luckily Obama will pass his health plan OVER YOUR HEAD AND WITHOUT YOU.

    GOP = THE PARTY OF NO... NO IDEAS, NO BRAINS

    September 11, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  3. Wydok

    With two words, Joe Wilson showed to the world exactly what is wrong with the political climate of the United States. I am glad I don't live in his district, because I would be embarrassed to have him for my representative in Congress.

    September 11, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. Grady

    Yes he did snap! Like an old forgotten mouse trap, catching nothing and making a lot of noise.

    September 11, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. devil made them do it

    Sick people in this country

    September 11, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. Dan

    Is he telling all his constituents that receive Medicare and Social Security that they are "irresponsible government programs that have only worsened our situation"?

    No, he's not. You lie, Rep. Wilson.

    September 11, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. Kitchen Police

    What's wrong with these people other than they are hateful and racist. You don't ever verbally assault the Office of President no matter who is in office.

    September 11, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. Jamie

    Obama should have taken his shoe off, and thrown it at Joe Wilson ! What a bastard this republican is, thanks morons who voted for him.

    September 11, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  9. Phoebe

    "On these issues, I will not be muzzled, I will speak up and speak loudly against this risky plan," Wilson said in a YouTube video released Thursday evening. "The supporters of the government takeover of health care and the liberals who want to give health care to illegals are using my opposition as an excuse to distract from the critical questions being raised about this poorly conceived plan."

    The guy apologizes out of one side of his mouth, and continues to lie out of the other!

    September 11, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  10. Kathy S. Cloughn

    What about respect for the position? I worry that we look very disjointed and split in this country. How does this look to the terrorists? How does this look to the other countries of the world who view us as a strong country? I think this weakens our position in the world.

    September 11, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  11. JLW in Ala.

    This man is just another example of the "hate filled" Republicans who have exhibited their hatred of anyone who disagrees with them. They are the worst of the worst and until they regain some sanity will always be the party of hate. Americans are very tired of listening to them as they are rude, crude and have no place in American life. He is also a hypocrite of the first order. He and his family have all the healthcare they need, thanks to the military system called

    September 11, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  12. Dan

    Do you honestly think that President Obama would lie with such an unequivocal statement as "we will not insure illegals" in a national, hugely promoted speech? Would he like in a statement that is so easy to disprove?

    Illegals will not be covered. That's a FACT.

    No he wouldn't. YOU lie, Rep. Wilson.

    September 11, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  13. GOP

    Wilson is party of the GOP group of Death Panel. He wants to kill off the poor and those who can't afford HEALTH INSURNACE. Yes something needs to be done so ILLEGALS can NOT get any benefits from TAX payer money. BUT Wilson outburst shows disrespect and no MORAL VAULE.

    September 11, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  14. Nick

    This jerk is typical of the GOP. They lie like Satan himself and expect everyone to agreee with them acting injured when they are caught in their lies.

    September 11, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  15. JP

    Has comment sure hit the bulls eye but his timing was wrong.

    September 11, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  16. Greg Smith

    Say whatever you want in whatever rude manner you want to Joe. We know that you are wrong. Unfortunately you just can't help yourself, what a pity.

    September 11, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  17. Anonymous

    Something is seriously wrong when Democrats refuse to allow amendments requiring proof of citizenship in this reform bill.

    September 11, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  18. harry

    Instead of asking naive people for contributions, why don't you just get it from insurance lobbyists? They are the ones you helped.

    Pathetic

    September 11, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  19. Aaron, State College PA

    I love how republicans do a 180 degree philosophical change regarding the rights of the opposition party when they're not in power. We certainly see through the hypocrisy.

    September 11, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  20. arapikos

    Mr. Wilson (dennis the menace, type) open mouth and insert your foot
    along with "wailing palin" and "fussing rushing" as a member of the "Death Panel" for insurance companies for decades. Right??

    September 11, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  21. Esme

    Disgusting. All there is to it – and to this politician.

    September 11, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  22. GI Joe

    Joe Wilson is a right-wing fringe wacko and needs mental help. He should NOT be a representative of any State.

    We do not need hate and fear, we need cooperation and ideas.

    VOTE HIM OUT

    September 11, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  23. Bob Morton

    I, for one, hope that Rep. Wilson is removed from office by the voters of South Carolina during the mid-term elections. Not because he's a Republican, as am I, or because he opposes key portions of the President's health care plan, as do I, but because he has shown himself to be a most uncivil civil servant.

    - Bob

    September 11, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  24. Brandon

    Rob Miller's campaign slogan should just be one word. Discipline. As a former marine he knows the value of discipline and apparantly Mr. Wilson doesn't.

    September 11, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  25. scott

    I think I light of this the Democrats should Move Forward Full Throttle on all Full Allowable Action Against this Extremist Right wing moron. His Apology to our President obviously meant nothing. Yet another scary look at what the GOP represents

    September 11, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
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