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. JB

    Could this guy be a bigger imbecile?!?!?

    He acts obscenely childish and disrespectful of his position and the Congress. Not to mention that what he said wasn't even right and now he wants to make money from his massive fau paux???

    What a disgrace this guy is!!!

    September 11, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  2. Leah from FL

    Each day the republicans continue to embarass themselves. who do they think they are? they act like spoiled brat children and DO NOT SPEAK for the majority of rational, sane Americans. They are very scary and by dissing the Pres – they plan right into the hands of our true enemies!!!

    September 11, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. mary

    Between Wilson and Sanford, South Carolina has its problems. Hopefully it is not a measure of the citizens of that great state.

    September 11, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  4. Steve

    As a republican I'm ashamed of Senator Wilson. Really Joe, don't you know when to just shuttup? By continuing to run your mouth you're keeping the story alive. You've already proven you lack self control, now you're starting to come off as petchulant and immature.

    September 11, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "The supporters of the government takeover of health care and the liberals who want to give health care to illegals ..."

    In typical RethugliKlan fashion, you will repeat a lie until even you and your more ignorant followers believe it to be the truth. Never mind the FACT that the Bill as it is proposed clearly states that there will be NO healthcare for illegal immigrants unless they purchase it.

    You, crud bucket, are a LIAR.

    September 11, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. Florida Joe

    $200,000 for you.........$750,000 for Miller.........Guess the verdict is in on what America thinks of your outrageous actions.........We need to get this guy out..HE IS THE LIAR

    September 11, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  7. Mary

    Standing for whay one believes is one thing ; public rudeness is another! What lesson did you give to our young people who already defy authority and have no respect for parents or teachers.

    There is a civili time and place for oppostion, You were way out of line!

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

    He looked like a beaten mule yesterday, but look at that defiance know. He apologized, but did not mean it. A typical right wingnut who nev er is bothered by facts.

    September 11, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  9. Crockron-former Republican

    That is no comparison to the more that $600,000 that his opponent has received.

    September 11, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. R Wolf, Ventura, Ca.

    This man is an embarassment to all politicians. I tried to e-mail him that message, but his website is down due to all the traffic. He can't even stand up and take criticism. Where was his outrage when Bush was making the deficit soar, when Bush led us into a ridiculous war, all the times Bush lied to the American people, etc.? This man just wants his name out there, not for the good things he does for this Country, but just because he has no other way of getting his name in the news. What a jerk. If he wants money, then money will be given, but NOT to him. I just made another donation to our President.

    September 11, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. Kevin in Ohio

    Tell it like it is, Joe.

    September 11, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. John in VA

    "Speaking out" against health care reform is one thing, and I respect and support that. Interrupting the President's speech by shouting out "You Lie" is not "Speaking out", it is being childish and disrespectful. In that one statement, Wilson lost any influence he had in "Speaking out" against health care reform. By his outburst, Wilson labelled himself an extremist that has nothing to offer. Is this the *NEW* Republican party? I certainly hope not!

    My (conservative republican) father used to say "If you want respect, give respect". By his disrespectful outburst, Wilson shows he deserves no respect.

    September 11, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  13. treetop

    Reprehensible, unprofessional, disrespectful no matter which party you vote for.

    September 11, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  14. John C

    In 1980 the only medical or insurance contributions given to Wilson where from the American dental Association, and they where his 7th largest contributor. Today his largest contributor to his campaign is .............AN INSURANCE COMPANY!

    September 11, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  15. Randolph Carter, rammin' a socialist agenda down yer throats

    Gee, do ya think some of that money came from insurance companies? Have a nice day!

    September 11, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. Rose in Ohio

    This Congressman, after disrespecting the President of the United States unheard of at his speech to Congress and the American people...wants to be rewarded?
    My concern is, that HE WILL BE REWARDED!! President Obama accepted his apology, stating we all make mistakes. Now, thursday Congressman Wilson sends out this video?
    Oh, dear Heavens.......what is this country coming to?

    I merely shake my head, and allow my vote to speak!
    South Carolina? We want to move forward, not backwards...please let your voices speak at the voting booth!

    September 11, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. Elizabeth

    As I understand, the man had to be TOLD by the Republican leadership in the House to call the White House and apologize. This was not a "spontaneous outburst". Professional politicians do not utter anything "spontaneously". They have trained themselves to present themselves in only the best possible light. This person, to whom some might refer as a schmuck, heard his "town hall" moment and was prepared to jump in with both feet, bellowing like a mad bull. Is he telling his constituents about the more than $500,000 given to his campaign PAC by health insurance companies? I have family in South Carolina. I would like to believe the populace of that state is too smart to be buffaloed by this sorry excuse for a member of the House of Representatives.

    September 11, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. howie

    Joe you have my support. While Obama's plan doesn't say no to illegals it doesn't say they will turn them away. It requires clarification

    September 11, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  19. Richard - Atlanta

    Just another out of touch, politics as usual, Republican clown.

    September 11, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  20. Sam wnc

    Read article in newsweek about Joe Wilson . He sounds a little hypocrtical. Hey whats good for his family should be good for all of us.
    The military has single pay goverment run health care and he supports that!

    September 11, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  21. felicia

    Seems to me cnn you are coddling this this disgrace of a man, who cares. I mean what yall tryna say since he disrepected President Obama people like him more. Seems to me cnn is playing sides. cnn is full of mess.

    September 11, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  22. no name calling

    What an embarrassment to our nation.

    September 11, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  23. A Republican in Arizona

    I did not agree with his out burst during the speech but do agree with what he says about the proposed healthcare plan. President Oboma was not to factual now was he?
    The facts are there. As far as his heckling went, let us look back on previous speeches ... i.e. President Bush and when the Dems were very vocal ... yes heckling him ... come on CNN be fair and report all the news and facts ... you once reported the news now you seem to present only one side of the news. Try reporting the facts and not just your opinions. Errors of omission are just as deceitful as out right lies.

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

    Mr Wilson was told to apology & he made a statement that he did apologize for his behavior toward the President. Wasn't your apology Mr. Wilson a LIE? Mr Wilson are you a member of a radical group? On the floor of the House one person showed they had class & it wasn't you Mr. Wilson. It was the President!

    September 11, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  25. STLouisGal

    I'm sorry...but I'm not sorry...so send me some money! This guy is a clown.

    September 11, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
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