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. Nick

    As a footnote: Like all Republicans see how quickly this disgrace to the Congress is trying to make money on his feigned courage. I never heard Obama or anyone else in the Democratic Party try to silence the opposition or even shout them down as Limbaugh and other Republicans, do so where does this supposed injury and courage come from? It is merely a marketing ploy to get other numb-skulls to send him money to "fight for freedom" – freedom like the had in Nazi Germany.

    September 11, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. Texas Doc

    His Democratic opponent has raised over $750,000. Who's your daddy Joe?

    September 11, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. Kevin in Ohio

    My contribution is on the way.

    September 11, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  4. Sandi

    Try shutting up..you have no decency, morality and civility! You are an example of what not to be!

    September 11, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  5. Kelly

    It seems that the medical industry is quick to reward it's warriors.

    This year more than any other, We the People, will see most clearly which politicians fight for the people and which have been bought and paid for by the health industry,

    September 11, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  6. Shaneeeza

    This guy is an A!.. He is fake and just blurted out the comment because he plotted all along to use it and get money. If people want to give their money to him, fine be it. But Joe Wilson if this is the only way you can get people to give you money, then its kind of pathetic don't you think :( WOW! Good Luck

    September 11, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. sherry

    While he uses the money to buy his new BMW.
    Not to be trusted, he say's that Obama is lying......While he is the one that is.......He need's to be kicked to the curb as he know's no respect and cant stand the fact that A black president is accomplishing sonething that Bush didnt give a second thought to.

    September 11, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. America Shrugged

    Oh Please.

    September 11, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  9. phoenix86

    Since the inauguration of Obama, truth has been a commodity lacking in Washington. Wilson spoke the truth. Democrats and their media lackies are in an uproar because someone said the emperor has no clothes.

    Congratulations Representative Wilson. Keep speaking the truth.

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

    Democrats are not to trying to silence anyone. What we are trying to do is have an HONEST and civil discussion about the issue. When those like Joe Wilson refuse to even consider the truth and facts, when they can only rant and expel lies and personal insults, they have lost the debate. Plain and simple. To Wilson et al, if this is your approach, then you deserve nothing more than a deaf ear.

    What's really going on is that Republicans have no solution-based agenda. After 8 years of complete ineptitude defined by greed and corruption, their only agenda left is to obstruct and try to deny Democrats any kind of victory that will play out in the next election. So when your kids are continually denied health care, blame the Republicans who have put the next election as their top priority.

    September 11, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  11. teresa L

    This guy is the liar and shameless! It's ok to diagree with the President, but u should show respect and not purposely distort facts! This guy doesn't deserve the job he has been givin!

    September 11, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. Val, ky

    the man is a nutcase.

    September 11, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  13. zorrowp

    I suggest Congress censure Mr, Wilson and fine him , say, $220,000. .

    September 11, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  14. Proud American

    What really sad about this is if this guy worked for corporate America he would have been fired.

    September 11, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  15. ahk, beverly hills, ca

    Will heckle for food.

    September 11, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  16. conrad

    It's fine to disagree with the President, but I don't want a rude loudmouth assuming he's America's champion simply because a few extremists agree with his disrespectful outburst.

    September 11, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  17. Beverly

    Mr. Wilson has other avenues to express his opinion. He is an embarrassment to our country, and appears to be yet another one of those who spreads false information. This is a serious debate and if we cannot obtain honest and truthful information from our elected officials (ha ha – as I write that I wonder if that's a type of oxymoron) who are we to rely on for information that will allow us to make an educated decision on this and other matters? We are a brilliant and wealthy country. That we have uninsured, homeless and hungry people is an indication that our greed has gotten ahead of our morality – regardless of how those people came to be uninsured, homeless and hungry.

    September 11, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  18. Brain Dead in Ohio

    Will someone please shut this guy up? As a democrat I am trying to silence any opposition to my party's plans and principles. Because I'm evil...and I can read. If Republicans could also read, they may find they just raised $200,000 towards more misinformation from a false martyr.

    He's not a hero, he's disrepectful and now trying to capatalize on his childish behavior.

    What's funny is Wilson had to ask for the boost in contributions after making a call-to-arms, propaganda You Tube video. His opponent raised twice as much immediately after his outburst as constituants simply were voicing their disadain for his actions.

    Shame is his middle name.

    September 11, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  19. Angie

    Love him.......it is about time that Republicans stop being so luke warm and politically correct (think McCain).

    September 11, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  20. Duck Fallas

    He apologized to the President beacause the republican leadership TOLD him to, not because he meant it. He therefore LIED to the President.

    September 11, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  21. SCcrap

    Its OK to speak out against something, or to have an opinion, but there is a time and place for everything. This was neither the time nor the place. Anyone who can back a person who has ZERO respect for our president, has NO place in politics. Bubba Joe should join the ranks of the other Redneck politicians in SC...he really need to go away with Sanford, another "southern gentleman" with zero class.

    September 11, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  22. Public Option

    I wonder what insurance coverage Joe has? Can someone please dig it up?

    September 11, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  23. Chris in SC

    Joe,
    You obviously get your misinformation from the Linbaughs of the world. Check your facts idiot!!

    I am off to donate more $$ to Rob Miller!

    September 11, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  24. Tom in CA

    This illustrates that Rep. Wilson apologized only because the House GOP leadership asked him to – as he said they did when interviewed yesterday morning.

    His pigheadedness and drival illustrates that neither he nor fellow members of the Grand Obstructionism Party have anything to offer but fear, mud slinging and all other anti-social behaviors. All they offer is vitriol.

    September 11, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  25. James

    In the article, "disbursed" should be "dispersed". Disbursed should only be used when it is money that is being distributed. Since he was distributing a message, and not funds, the proper term is "dispersed."

    September 11, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
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