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. Bo-From-Texas

    In the words of the infamous Bugs Bunny - "Whata maroon!"

    September 11, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  2. Ellid

    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.

    September 11, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. Lulu'

    the man is disgusting...............

    September 11, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. NJ

    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?

    September 11, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. E

    Are we heading down the path of Idiocracy?
    South Carolina, Wassup!

    September 11, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. Mitchell from MS

    Gee I guess your Messiah is not as well loved as you project him to be huh CNN?

    September 11, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. Linda

    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!

    September 11, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. H

    Good for you. It is now time to speak the truth. thank you for expressing your views and the truth.

    September 11, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  9. Leprechaun

    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.

    September 11, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. Tulsa

    IRRESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT??????
    Where were you during the BUSH administration?
    LIAR.

    September 11, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  11. pa. independent

    I'll be happy to give money...to Rob Miller.

    September 11, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  12. Gary

    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.

    September 11, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  13. robert/tallahassee

    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.

    September 11, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  14. Dieter Zerressen

    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.

    September 11, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. Estelle T Hill

    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.

    September 11, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. Eric

    a true idiot. enough said.

    September 11, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  17. Creed Sander

    He better start to cry for money on the internet because. He is going to loose the next election... I promiss

    September 11, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  18. Michael Carrillo

    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.

    September 11, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  19. Evergladesgirl

    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.

    September 11, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  20. Debra R

    He is right. The donkeys began to bray about this even as the President forgave him.

    September 11, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  21. Obama Victim

    well I am sorry too................sorry we have this loser in the White House

    September 11, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  22. Chad Moody

    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 !

    September 11, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  23. J

    Regardless of how he feels on the issue this man needs to show some respect!!!

    September 11, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  24. Sniffit

    Shameless.

    September 11, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  25. Realist

    Ill give him money. About time someone speaks up against the lying Messiah

    September 11, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
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