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. Great!

    Hurrah for Joe Wilson. Anyone have his website where I can contribute? Regular Congressional websites won't accept donations.

    September 11, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  2. Bob L

    Regardless of his political orientation, this person is boorish, ill mannered and from his backtracking statements, apparently an individual of very poor character. He has dishonored his constituents and the office he holds.

    September 11, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  3. stephanie

    Way to go! Stick to youre guns! Say what you mean and mean what you say.

    September 11, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. jfs Memhis, Tn

    That shouldn't be a surprise. Still the Dem has rised more than double that amount. Unfortunately that disiticts voting preferences is not driven by money. South Carolina as a state would not go BLUE even if a Billion Dollars were spent on an election.

    September 11, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. Ann

    Wilson's belief that Obama's health care reform will give health insurance to illegal immigrants is just plain ridiculous and unfounded. If you're an illegal immigrant, the absolute last thing you're going to do is draw attention to yourself by applying for health insurance. It's just common sense. I'm also tired of the Republican attitude in general. They need to stop complaining about everything and step up to the plate. Obama has reached out to them numerous times, but rather than take advantage and give their own input to the reform, they're going to attempt to destroy it altogether by spreading lies and nasty rumors. This country can't move forward until people learn how to cooperate.

    September 11, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. Libertarian

    So the Repubs are sacrificing a "nobody" now to hit the circuit and spew their disdain. Notice he's just a nobody that no one has ever heard of. If this turns out bad the Boehners etc can distance themselves quick! If it goes well they will all take credit for plotting this. All just a bunch of political chess playing and not helping me with my small business whatsoever!!!!

    These guys don't care about the bill....they care more about taking back POWER, that's it. They had ALLLLLL the power for 6 years and the country nearly imploded. The new administration has righted the ship and things are looking stable (at least) for now. They just can't stand that their policies FAILED MISERABLY!!!!

    September 11, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  7. Missy

    CNN will probably not post this comment......but here it is. It is very disgraceful for someone to disrespect our President in front of the whole world. There are many people who didn't agree with Bush's decisions but no one disrespected him like it was displayed the other night. Even when that guy threw the shoes at him, we as Americans were outrage including those who didn't support him. Who ever says that racism doesn't exist please people open your eyes. It is so much more than our President's ideas...alot has to do with his skin color. It's funny that we all unify when others due harm to us, but we are the ones doing the most damage. The whole world is looking at how you all (Republicans) are treating OUR PRESIDENT and they are laughing at us. You rather win you petty war of words against him than look at the big picture. But what you all don't realize there is a higher power who will expose all those who are not doing right. Believe that !!!!!

    September 11, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  8. Wilson Lies

    "[Democrats] want to silence anyone who speaks out against it,"

    Not so, but Wilson himself is the liar here. There is no provision to provide health care for illegal immigrants.

    Let's have an honest debate.

    September 11, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. Joe Klabotnik

    Doesn't Wilson realize that his 'delibrate incorrectness' – his lie – has already been thoroughly rebutted not only by the actual language of HR3200 sec 246, but by countless commentators who have publicly pointed it out for him?

    September 11, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  10. Carrie Parker Peery

    What an idiot............................

    September 11, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  11. Pennytwo

    Good. 3 people in my family are sending him $1,500 each also.

    September 11, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  12. Patriotic Pat

    The 2009 face of the GOP:
    A quitter w/ an IQ barely into triple digits who LIES about "Death Panels" and a guy with the emotional age of a 5-year-old who continues to LIE to raise money. What has happened to the party that Reagan built?

    September 11, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  13. victim of republican greed

    He was wrong, but that does not matter to Hannity and the other right wingnuts. He is a liar and misrepresented the health reform. If he could have only read the section in all capital letters, he would have known that he was wrong.

    This is no longer about what is best for America, it is now about this proud son of the confederacy.

    September 11, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  14. Al

    Didn't he immediately apologize for the disrespectful comment right after the Prez' speech? So now he's claiming he's trying to be silenced? Well, what is it Mr. Wilson? Are you sorry for your outburst and recognize that it was wrong or are you proud that you disrespected the President of our country on national television and continue to misrepresent the bill's provisions? Once again – a Republican showing his hypocrisy

    September 11, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  15. Beth

    His opponent has raised a lot more money. 200,000 is nothing for an incumbent. I think he's still going to have an uphill battle to retain his seat. Also, I think he should take back his apology. He was not sincere and didn't really feel sorry for what he did. He's a poor soul. And so pathetic.

    September 11, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  16. Robski

    He apologizes for his outburst but does not hesitate to make political hay of it. Typical. I'd like to see this guy in a new line of work.

    September 11, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  17. Mr. Man

    Typical republican polititcian: He sees where the wind blows, and then makes a bald faced reversal. Not based on ethics, or what's right, but what he can get away with. Shame on you, Mr. Wilson.

    September 11, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  18. mary

    I agree with medical professionals who believe that the root of health care problems began in the 50's when it started the transition to a business driven by cash profit from a humane service to all of God's children..... shame on the carpet baggers and money changers.

    September 11, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  19. Edward Veidt

    This fool has done irreversible damage to himself through that one, childish outburst. He will never be taken seriously again.

    September 11, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  20. Phillip Hull

    Just because someone is loud and obnoxious doesn't mean they represent the majority of the American people.

    September 11, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  21. Suwanavi

    This man is dangerous. It's apparent his apology was insincere. He and those of like mind prefer the uncivilized rancor of a mob mentality. If they can't get their way, they'll just disrupt civil process. It won't work for them. Vote this party out of existence! They didn't like it when slavery was abolished, or when civil rights were extended. Shame on them! Shame on him, the brute!

    September 11, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  22. RevRonRants

    Perhaps Wilson should use some of that contributed money and buy himself a clue: that the vast majority in this country are weary of the immature and cynical tactics intended to smear or silence those with whom the fringe element on both sides would disagree. And if he finds a viable source for said clues, he might even consider buying extras and passing them out in the House.

    September 11, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  23. kellygirl

    this boy is a powerhungry dirtbag

    his comment was definitely premeditated and intended to make him a star with the party and base of ultra Christians who will do anything to stop caring for the seek and needy as Chirst himself did!

    September 11, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  24. Tim

    So much for the apology...

    September 11, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  25. notfooledbydistractions

    The shame is that he called the President a liar, and then pulls of this video where he lies and distorts the facts about health care reform. How stupid do you have to be to buy wilsons hooey?

    His actions were shameful and definitely not fitting a government official. I've seen 7 year olds with better control of themselves.

    If money talks, Mr. Wilson is losing the opinion war by over 2 to 1.

    I did my part, Mr. Millers campaign received my contribution.

    September 11, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
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