(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.
In the words of the infamous Bugs Bunny - "Whata maroon!"
The mere idea that disrespect for the President should be used as a way to raise campaign funds is disgusting. Not a single Democrat booed President Bush during an address to Congress despite a well documented list of lies, evasions, and omissions. President Obama told the truth, Rep. Wilson knows it, and he should be ashamed of himself.
the man is disgusting...............
Mr. Wilson.....What does it take to get it through you thick scull and into your tiny brain that YOU ARE WRONG about this legislation extending coverage to illegals? CNN, factcheck.org and numerous numerous other INDEPENDENT sorces have told you repeatedly that you are WRONG about that. Is it that you refuse to listen? Or are you intentionally lying?
Are we heading down the path of Idiocracy?
South Carolina, Wassup!
Gee I guess your Messiah is not as well loved as you project him to be huh CNN?
Gosh does this sound familiar? "[Democrats] want to silence anyone who speaks out. I thought that was a Republican line of speech. Come on, you already embarrassed yourself, your party, the people you represent in SC, so now it's time to SHUT UP!
Good for you. It is now time to speak the truth. thank you for expressing your views and the truth.
As soon as I can find an address I am sending a check to his OPPONENT. I hope others will do the same. This guy is a disgrace to our government.
Where were you during the BUSH administration?
I'll be happy to give money...to Rob Miller.
Either Rep. Wilson or Obama is lying regarding people in this country illegally receiving health care. I take Obama at his word and believe that Wilson is the one lying.
Typical angry, rude, discourteous, inconsiderate republican remark!!! But that's what republican politics is all about. "The pot calling the kettle black" seems accurate here.
Typical conservative: he apoligizes for acting like a fool and then turns around and proudly asks for money from supporters to continue to acting like a fool.
I cannot believe that such idiots are in high places. How did he get the job? Certainly no one voted for him. Perhaps they drew straws, and said may the best man win. If he is the best, God help us all.
a true idiot. enough said.
He better start to cry for money on the internet because. He is going to loose the next election... I promiss
This guy is a complete idiot. If he's was worried about illegals getting free health care, why didn't he and the rest of the Republicans do something about it during the Bush years? Vote this clown out, he's only protecting the insurance industry.
I wonder how Joe Wilson feels about the lies of the last administration that brought us into war (a real death panel), a failing economy and a huge deficit. Have the Republicans no shame.
He is right. The donkeys began to bray about this even as the President forgave him.
well I am sorry too................sorry we have this loser in the White House
Thank you to Jo Wilson for standing up for us ! Obama is a LIER !
All you need to do is read the bill ! I will send JO my MONEY .
and we will clean house in 2010 !
Regardless of how he feels on the issue this man needs to show some respect!!!
Ill give him money. About time someone speaks up against the lying Messiah