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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  1. Lynne

    So after breaking protocol, showing disrespect to the Congress, the President and lieing himself, CNN now wants to make Wilson a hero. What a joke!!

    September 11, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  2. mary

    He's is the biggest idiot I have seen in a long long time..I am ashamed for him...

    September 11, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. elaine of calif

    we are paying for the illegals now stupid...everytime they go into the emergency room....Joe is just another idiot in the republican party...I was a independant but I will never vote for another republican again...they could run Jesus and I would now vote against them...I have never seen so much hate and lies coming out of a party as the republicans...you guys are really scarry...the republicans are just to redneck for me.

    September 11, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. Marc Perez

    Is this guy of legal age? Maybe not mentally! He's really acting like a kid...

    Nobody wants to silence you, you just spoke out of place. I doubt you could've gotten as much funds if you hadn't pulled that stunt.. which makes one wonder if the was as spontaneous as he says...

    I'm guessing you are okay with reporter who threw a shoe at Bush...

    September 11, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  5. LMC

    Joe Wilson apologized only at the behest of his party. I have no doubt that his outburst was planned. If it wasn't than he has less control over himself than 75% of the elementary school children that I teach. One would hope a Congressman would have better control than that! His outburst was entirely disrespectful and from all the facts I have gathered, he was totally wrong to begin with. Best wished and luck to his 2010 opponent!

    September 11, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  6. Maryland

    Another racist, I mean Republican, shows his/her true colors.

    September 11, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  7. Bev

    Wilson now is attempting to make money off of his undignified and childish behavior. My hope is that the good citizens of South Carolina see through this opportunist. Wilson should be apologizing for embarrassing his state and the trust people placed in him to carry his office with honor and dignity. Grow up, Representative Wilson.

    September 11, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  8. Jason

    Hmmm....so his outburst during the speech was a ploy to kickstart his campaign? Sounds like a typical Republican to me. What an idiot. It's amazing that this ape got elected to Congress five times already. But then look at who the people of SC elected as their governor.

    September 11, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  9. Jim

    You should resign, Mr Wilson. I want you to know I will be donating to your opponent, Robert Miller, and can't wait to see you defeated. Incredible disrespect for the office of the president and President Obama – a man who is far superior to you in every way!

    September 11, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  10. carol

    Fools and their money are soon parted.................
    Joe is a jerk – disrespectful, classless. He is a slap in the face to our country.

    September 11, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  11. JR

    Yeah, Joe Wilson got what he wanted, media attention and now money "for the cause". He's a little known politico from South Carolina who is politically expendable in the larger scheme of things. A lot like Palin was to McCain as a running mate.

    And, like Sarah Palin, I'm sure we'll be hearing a lot more about Joe over the coming months...

    The "apology" was just a smokescreen to avoid censorship, I've got the feeling it was all planned well in advance...

    Welcome to the "New Politics" in America.

    September 11, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  12. Dave From Philly

    So republicans are not against health care, they are against illegals getting health care coverage.

    Who isn't?

    This is the worst I heard yet. Consider this..if a person is hit by a car and badly injured is a doctor going to ask if they have insurance?

    Republicans need to stop palying games and do what is right for all americans!

    Soon they will say we are spending too much on education and they don't make enough money.

    September 11, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  13. K

    What an egotistical rude coniving man! I can not believe anyone would send him a dime! HisOWN PARTY condemned him! SHAME on him for being an embarrassment for us all!

    September 11, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  14. Sami

    He and his sons are all on the goverment medical plan – TRICARE – what a hypocrit!. Having personally had 20 years in the military – this is one "commander" who SHAMES the uniform. Almost as bad as the phony Louisiana "Lord". Republicans are the bottom of the scum bag.

    September 11, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  15. chickey

    This guy doesn't get it nor do his followers. Last week they didn't want the President of the United States to tell children to stay in school and study hard. This week they're putting this rude, barely literate joke up as an example.

    September 11, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  16. Robert

    Barack Obama declares that the American flag is red, white and blue. Joe Wilson calls him a liar and asks for cash.

    September 11, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  17. TCM

    Obviously, the vast amount of "contributions," to Miller is from corrupt sources; similar to the bundling efforts during Obama's campaign drive. If democrats are so "poor," it goes against logic that a large sum of money could be raised so quickly; compared to 67k, without some unscrupulous large, and illegal contributions....business as usual for the DNC

    September 11, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  18. Hendrik

    And here we have Rep Wilson who, through his statements, has made it perfectly clear that he does not regret making any statement to the President. Now the right has embraces him as the symbol that stands up to the President. Joe, you should have just faded away to the obscurity you used to be so comfortable with.
    This ever shrinking fringe group will, over time, come to regret this tactic. Rather than make Wilson the poster child for their opposition to the American people, it should have dropped him like a hot potato. They will get burned by this; the American people are not buying this incessant nonsense. If it does, it will write a sordid chapter in our country's great history.

    September 11, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  19. Mattie

    Mr. Wilson is an irresponsible leader invoking fear rather than debate and discussion. The Democrat's plan does not allow for coverage of illegal aliens. What he may be hot about is that currently medicaid DOES allow for the emergency care of illegal aliens. That is already in place, and not part of the new reform being discussed. If Mr. Wilson feels the rules regarding the current state of medicaid, he should make that arguement where is needs to be made and cease with the fear-propoganda of using inflamatory language rather than speaking of alternatives and options.

    September 11, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  20. manjay8

    This attitude make me sick. This guy likes being under the spotlight. he has been caught red handed for being disrespectful of the president and he is is bragging about it. What a jerk

    September 11, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  21. windrider

    I have no doubt that Wilson is pulling in donations like crazy as he expresses the sentiment of a lot of those angry folk taking their guns to town hall meetings and presidential appearances.

    But his rival has collected $2 for every $1 Wilson gets. And the longer Wilson keeps himself in the spotlight, the more of us who will donate to Miller.

    September 11, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  22. mother and sister of a soldier

    Does Wilson's outburst, being a man privy to the bill, not make you wonder what Obama did not say? He had less than an hour, is an eloquent speaker and certainly could not possibly tell all the pertinent details. Do you not understand, we do not have the right before medical treatment to ask for proof of citizenship? Yes, we will pay for illegals one way or another especially when he signs his amnesty proposal and Wilson knew this. I wish Wilson just had a press conference rather than an outburst but it has to be very hard to watch a man feed the nation a "spin" on his bill to get approval..

    September 11, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  23. Dom

    Another embarrassment to the Republican Party I used to love, and an embarrassment to the institution of Congress. I'll enjoy seeing him get crushed.

    September 11, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  24. Dan

    Aside from the obvious rudeness and inappropriateness of his comment, his outburst just might mean he believes that illegal aliens are getting health care monies. Is he willfully ignorant or just profoundly stupid? Or is English not his primary language?

    September 11, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  25. mary from minnesota

    "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."

    Neither of these statements are true. Joe, really, if you can read, read the bills. Or listen to the President while keeping you mought shut.

    September 11, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
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