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. Stortz

    "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."

    Actually, the voice from disgraced S.C. Congressman Joe Wilson is the voice of white male, radical, extremism, which has become the voice for the Republican Party. He continues his tea bagging lies as his party dissolves around him. Joe Wilson is no more than “Joe the Plumber” in a suit! He does not represent the American people’s voice from Main Street America.

    September 11, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  2. Fair is Fair

    An honest politician is rare to find nowadays. Where do I send some $$$ to this man?

    September 11, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. Erasmus

    This person is pathetic. It worries me that people in one state can elect people like him and Demint and Governor Skirtchaser. Is there some type of natural local phenomena there that inhibits critical thinking or is just a sad history and lack of education?

    September 11, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. Jim

    The bill has language banning spending money on illegal immigrants. Instead of insulting the President and trying to defeat the bill, why doesn't he offer an amendment that will make the ban more air tight? The Republicans aren't showing up for the debate and they are not being honest. They are just saying anything they can to make political gains.

    September 11, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. Jill-IN

    I truly doubt the sincerity of his so called apology.

    September 11, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  6. Gallimimus

    Why would anybody send this guy money? There are some things that you just don't do. Heckling the President, when the world is watching is one of them.
    This isn't about health insurance, this is about respecting America and what it stands for! The disrespect that he showed for America the President and the American people is staggering!!

    September 11, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. Jeff

    How dare democrats want to "defeat him and pass the plan"! Because clearly, this debate is all about Joe Wilson and his potential defeat. Joe Wilson cannot accept that!

    September 11, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. bam

    Incredible. First Wilson shows what a thug he is by accusing President Obama, during a formal address to Congress, of lying about coverage for illegal immigrants, all the while knowing that the health care reform bill specifically excludes illegal immigrants from receiving subsidies. Then Wilson himself lies about what is contained in the legislation in order to get campaign donations. Do these neocons get any lower than the sewer they're currently swimming in?

    September 11, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  9. Joe Wilson is the Ann Coulter of the U.S. House

    Clearly Wilson has no shame. Acting like a rude schoolyard jerk to make himself famous, then trying to profit from his misdeed.
    Wilson does not believe in treating others as he would like to be treated. Otherwise he is asking to be heckled and disrespected at every public appearance.

    September 11, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  10. Sean

    You lie!!! And you lie again!!!

    September 11, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  11. David N AZ

    Typical Repubican Hypocrite! Apologize then..."On these issues, I will not be muzzled, I will speak up and speak loudly against this risky plan," and then ask for cash? Feel sorry for the idiots that did, and do, contribute. This is ridiculous...I hope republicans realize how bad this is making their entire party look...oh wait, I hope they dont realize it...make it worse...and better for us...eventually the GOP will just implode!

    September 11, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  12. Mary

    I again say: It is fine to stand by and defend what you believe but there is a time and place for civil opposition.
    What lesson in respect did Rep. Joe Wilson give to our young people who already lack respect for authority? He needs to hear that many people believe he was way out of line!

    September 11, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  13. Jeff

    They don't want to silence opposition, they just want you to stick to the facts and be respectful of the office. Is that so hard? I seem to remember another president telling ACTUAL knowing lies from the same chamber. Yellow cake and aluminum tubes anyone? Lies leading to death and war anyone?

    September 11, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. DianeR PC FL

    Too late, Wilson, I already gave to your opponent right after you heckled the President. Your lying defiance is an insult and mockery to most rational Americans and we want to see pathetic screeds like you run out of public office as quickly as possible. SC may like you, but the rest of America thinks you're disgusting.

    September 11, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. Lester

    Maybe, if the country is lucky, South Carolina will suceed again.

    September 11, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. Cruzan Obama Mama

    He raised $200K , but his opponent raised more that $500K. I could care less how much he raises....I want his resignation!!!!!

    Not to mention that I want an apology too. I voted for Pres. Obama & I'm extremely insulted by this man's behavior. He apologized under pressure, not because he felt he needed too. If that behavior happened during the Bush admin, they would of buried the person under Guatanamo Bay.

    We as Dems have to stand up to this behavior and give the Rethugs a taste of their own medicine. Time for us to unite and move on without them.

    September 11, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  17. Ricardo

    This man just needs to shut up. It's one thing to pursue public discourse; it's quite another to continue to appear irrational, misinformed, and - dare I say it - racist. If he had simply read the bill, he'd know he was wrong, but it's so much easier to be spoon-fed the talking points by the wingnuts who have derailed the Republican party.

    September 11, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  18. Tony

    You are FUNNY. You claim he wants cash. What did his opponent get????? CASH. Why is that so different? Oh I see, his opponent is a Dem. Got it.

    September 11, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  19. Juge

    I think the devil made you do it? A true God fearing family values Republican conservative would have known better. REPENT!

    September 11, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  20. alm

    Too bad that Joe Wilson is number one in receiving monetary contributions from the insurance companies.

    September 11, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  21. al bundy

    Hasn't Wilson committed slander?

    September 11, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  22. Blue Dog

    What a loser and the poor suckers giving him $$

    September 11, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  23. jeff jackson, alabama

    CNN certainly isn't going to call the White House
    out on misused truths. All you liberals want to be
    more like U R O P I O N S . Well, the British Parliament
    allows outburst of this sort.
    And we all know George Bush WAS NEVER JEERED
    in the same setting.......RIGHT ????????

    September 11, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  24. kapinhotatl

    Again, the hyprocrisy. First, his apology was done because he was told to do, not because it was disrespectful, childish, rude...So where is the sincerity with this person. Now, he is going on the circuit asking people to support him and his outburst; I will not be muzzled. No Joe, you need to be muzzled like the mad dog you are. What a sham and an idiot. The good thing all those who send donations to his campaign and support him, well I guess the saying "birds of a feather flock together". We see who you are now!!!

    September 11, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  25. victim of republican greed

    Joe "The Liar" Wilson has become the new poster boy for the right wingnuts. Good Bye Joe the Plumber.

    September 11, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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