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. Bill NY

    If that was done to Bush or any other President the man would have been drawn and quartered. Hey Congress, Senate give up your own health benefits until your constituents are taken care of. Stop doing the bidding of big money!

    September 11, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. John

    If the People of South Carolina do not throw out this trouble maker democrtas and republicans from that state deserve what they get. This man is not bi-partisan. He is and those like him are the reasons this country is in bad shape and getting worse.

    God help us.

    September 11, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  3. Scott

    So far so good but I need to hear him say he hates gays and minorities too before I send him my check.

    September 11, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. Nellie

    Obviously, his "spur-of-the-moment" outburst was anything but...this new action clearly shows that his shouting out during Obama's speech was clearly planned in advance, just so he could look like some sort of a hero and raise cash for his "cause." Asking for money and saying what he is saying now, both about the plan and Democrats, invalidates his apology as well. I miss the good old days, when an apology was heart-felt, rather than just a script someone states in a robot-like fashion in a lame attempt to dodge some of the shame or blame they so very much deserve. We should all be working together to make OUR country better-stop messing around and lose the ego!

    September 11, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. Susan

    For God's sake, no one is trying to shut you up, although that wouldn't be a bad idea. And I guess Wilson has no parent on the 'irresponsible government program' of Social Security or Medicare? These Republicans are about as subtle as a whale...they want no reform because they do not care about the poor in America. They want no reform because they think that will turn Democrats into Republicans who will then enable a Republican takeover of Congress in 2010...thus ensuring that health care reform will NEVER occur. What they are not seeing is that their obstructionism is also galvanizing borderline Democrats, who are going to be voting next year too.

    September 11, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. Robert kennedy

    I think its pretty funny all this huff about health care reform but when bush and his cronies took down the towers and started 2 unprovoked wars and also went to them wars against the wishes of 99% of this country while everyone just sat and watched it happen!! im tired of the republicans keeping our country in a noose!!!! apparently there way isnt the right way!!! they just need to realize that!

    September 11, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. Michael

    Many of today's politicians continue to set lower standards and set bad examples for todays youth. Years ago when the president spoke you sat there in silence out of respect for the office he holds. Joe Wilson is a perfect example of this. I cannot imagine any politician holding onto his office if this same situation occured when Eisenhower, Kennedy or Reagan were speaking to the nation. Both sides of the aisle have removed the dignity of the office and reduced to one that does not garner any respect as long as they can promote their own agenda. The apology he issued was half hearted and in my opinion he is a disgrace to this nation and a poor example to our youth.

    September 11, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  8. RealityKing

    Hmmmm.., Obama suddenly changed his 46 million unisured number to 30 million!
    Thanks Joe..

    September 11, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. victim of republican greed

    Joe the Liar has suddenly developed an ego. He says democrats want to defeat him and pass health reform. While he is insignificant, it is hard to believe he thinks he is the one standing in the way of out of control premiums and 45 million getting insurance.

    September 11, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  10. Robert Bauer - CA

    To paraphrase David Letterman I offer the following comment:
    One week ago, who could have possibly guessed that Governor Mark Sanford would be only the 2nd biggest moron from the state of South Carolina.

    September 11, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. yougottabekidding

    THAT'S BLOOD MONEY!!! That money was received from the insurance companies savings as a result of letting people die without medical coverage!

    September 11, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. eolufemi

    Arrogant and obnoxious, what a combination...

    September 11, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. John, Brooklyn, NY

    So much for the integrity of his apology.

    We can see just how sincere he was since, within hours, he was asking for people to send him cash so that he didn't have to live with the consequences of his actions.

    What an incredible lack of integrity and honor...and what an inflated sense of entitlement!

    September 11, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  14. on the sc coast

    Go, Joe and take Mark with you....Go as far away as you can get. We're so tired of your arrogant, self serving ways. You may have raised $200k from your followers, but Rob Miller has raised more than tthree times that amount from people who are sick and tired of you and your ilk.

    The days of hateful people like you are coming to an end.

    September 11, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. Bill

    I sent Wilson $250 with a note to be decent and humble in the debate but keep fighting. He spoke the truth but it was disrespectful and there is no reason to sink the level of the Reids and Pelosis of the world. I never thought this President would turn out to be this deceitful in debate . Obama's far-left secular progressive agenda is ruining the country.

    September 11, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. Tina

    Greed once again raises its nasty head. Mr. Wilson is no better than a Bernie Maddof.

    September 11, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  17. Tony Bartlett

    Where do I send the check? I am on Obama's e-mail list and he asks for money almost every day so he can spread his lies. The Democrats voted against amendments to their "health care reform" bill that would prevent illegal aliens from being covered. Mr. President "You lie!"

    September 11, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  18. Average Guy in Kansas

    This little person is veing REWARDED for his bad behavior??? Even my kids know better than this moron rhat you don't reward bad behavior! And those who reward him are cut from the same bolt of cloth!

    September 11, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  19. Wil

    Part of the good ole boys from my home state. A bunch of backwards ignorant rednecks that keeps proving right what everyone thinks about people from South Carolina. IDIOT, IGNORANT, AND RACIST. Nothing else to be said.

    September 11, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  20. John in Raleigh

    The Congressman is not telling the truth. Worse yet, he knows it.

    What is it with South Carolina and intentional ignorance? Can we have Congress do something to remove "Carolina" from the name of that State so that we won't be tarred by association with their politicians?

    September 11, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    Ha! Looks as if Wilson has gotten his new talking points from GOP party leader Limbaugh . . .

    *yawn*

    September 11, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  22. victim of republican greed

    I just cancelled our annual golf outing to Hilton Head, and will be going to Marco Island instead.

    September 11, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  23. Rick

    Rep. Joe Wilson should be suspended or removed from office. As a retired military member if we were to publicly call our Commander and Chief a liar basically live to his face, there would have been serious repercussions. Why shouldn't he be held to the same standards?

    September 11, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  24. bwd

    Joe Wison should be fired and run out of town. He is a disrepectful bigot!

    September 11, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. Pat

    What is Mr. Wilson's solution?? Does he have one? Oh, I forgot, he can only criticize but has no ideas of his own. Typical! Whether he agrees with the President or not, his outburst was classless and childish. Shame on him.

    September 11, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
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