September 13th, 2009
10:40 AM ET
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Wilson says no more apologies for outburst against president

South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson said Sunday that he will not apologize again for his recent outburst during the president's address to Congress.
South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson said Sunday that he will not apologize again for his recent outburst during the president's address to Congress.

(CNN) - Rep. Joe Wilson said Sunday he will not apologize again for yelling out that President Barack Obama lied during the president's speech to Congress last week.

"I am not going to apologize again," the South Carolina Republican said on "FOX News Sunday" when asked about pending disciplinary steps against him by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.

Wilson said he already apologized to Obama and that the president accepted it. However, he insisted that Obama "was mis-stating the facts," and that Democratic leaders in the House were "playing politics" by continuing to focus on the issue.

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  1. GP

    Joe Wilson set a precedent. Apologizing to the person he wrongfully accused of lying was appropriate. His peers in the house have a responisibility to govern their members behavior in the event they behave in a manner contrary to the dignity, integrity or moral standing of the house.

    The lesson the republicans are teaching the world today is that you can make any unfounded accusation you want, in any setting, and all you have to do to atone for it is to apologize for the uncivility of the act.

    The republican party is openly hostile to Obama to a degree that is disgusting and embarrassing. As an independent I look forward to the day when the republican party offers a reasonable choice in the voting booth. Their rage is unsettling and unacceptable.

    September 13, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. Big Dog

    GOP = KKK

    Pure and simple.

    September 13, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. GD

    If you think you see a "loophole" in the legislation, then go to work, work with your peers, and fix it. As a congressman, that's called "doing your job". You don't yell out hate speech. You don't incite riots, or panic, or fear. You don't kill an entire program that the people really need. You don't call news conferences. You don't help fund TV ads. You do your job. If you can't then just quit, like some other right wing "know nothings" and become a Fox News talk show idiot.

    September 13, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. mike

    $%^& you congressman.

    September 13, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. rick

    how can Obama be called a liar in this matter on health care but Bush killing our american soldiers in a unjust WAR is not? What planet do we live on?

    September 13, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. REH

    This is not about Joe Wilson. Its about hating and racisim hiding behind the veil of so called bipartisanship politics. The Repulicans had their chance at health reformation and didn't take it. The Repulicans led us into a war that we are still fighting and losing lives. It was on the Repulicans' watch that the economy went to hell. Hatred and racisim is deep seated and can only be held in for so long. Joe could not hold it in no longer...and thats not a lie! Call it what it is people!!!

    September 13, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  7. Moosehead

    Enough of this racist moron already .What i don't understand , why Eric( twitterman) Cantor, .. a Jew,.. is palling around with bigoted racists of the GOP. Shame on you Eric.
    Looks like Sarah ( lier..lier..pants on fire) Palin) has gone into hiding ever since Pres. Obama called her out on national tv.

    September 13, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. Gary

    Wilson has just shown himself to be one of the Good 'ol Boy republican network who wants only white folk in power.

    September 13, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. Odelia Rivera

    Drop the Joe Wilson case and go into the ACORN scandal, as they are to be given $8B. This is more imporant than this "you lie" as a lie will be reveal and the truth will stand as it has before.

    September 13, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. daytona man

    My niece has been suspended from her school bus for innapropriatley yelling from the bus window. Her parents need to drive her to school now.

    September 13, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. REH

    This is not about Joe Wilson. Its about hating and racisim hiding behind the veil of so called bipartisanship politics. The Republicans had their chance at health reformation and didn't take it. The Republicans led us into a war that we are still fighting and losing lives. It was on the Republicans' watch that the economy went to hell. Hatred and racisim is deep seated and can only be held in for so long. Joe could not hold it in no longer…and thats not a lie! Call it what it is people!!!

    September 13, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. Get it together

    We won't appologize for voting you out of Congress either. Racist Idiot!!!

    September 13, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. Clay

    He wasn't sincere the first ttime, so why should this statement come as any surprise. This is truly a man who knows neither integrity nor shame.

    September 13, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. cora

    First of all that blah-blah=blah= he came out and said first was not an apology like the republican base made him come out and apolojize.
    and the second one should have been told to the president not to manuel, and CNN why haven't you reported that this man is in some kind of KKK , if MSNBC,can report it with Keith Oberman why can't you instead of denying it.

    September 13, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. Chuck

    Hey, Rick....

    You must be some red-neck racist loser from Wison's district in South Carolina. Your comment about Wilson telling Congress to "kiss his white ass" comes across as ignorant and unintelligent. There must be something in the water where you come from.

    September 13, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  16. Ryan

    Listen to you people on here crying about someone disrespecting your president. Should I pull clips of the amount of people who disrespected George Bush?

    September 13, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  17. Patriot

    South Carolina fired the first shot of the Civil War in 1861. Let them now secede from the Union, with all the rest of the right-wing nut jobs.

    September 13, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. Scott

    Ruty, I don't know how this makes us look like a third world country. Also, I think it is great that he said it. I think this is what we need more of in American politics. Look at the house of commons in England, they have arguments and yell at each other all the time, sometimes even getting into fights. We need that kind of conviction here in the US. I mean honestly, look at the people we have running our country; the vast majority are all rich people who have no idea what they are doing. We have people making laws about things they have no clue about. Look at cash for clunkers: It probably ended up hurting those who have less money because 1)they couldn't get the credit they needed to buy those new cars, and 2)when they destroyed the used cars, there were none left for resale so many families were unable to buy that 2 or 3,000 dollar car. People are put in charge of things that they do not understand. This is ridiculous and it needs to be changed. Answer me this: How many politicians, republican or democrat, actually have an in depth understanding of how the healthcare industry actually runs?

    September 13, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. Mac

    To "Obama's divisiveness" – have you forgotten that one party rule brought us the misbegotten Iraq war?

    September 13, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  20. pbj

    Obama saying that his health care plan is only for legal US citizens when the enforcement provisions were deliberately stripped out of the bill in committee is like leaving a stack of $100 bills unattended on the sidewalk with a sign that says "only take one if you are a veteran" and then claiming that only veterans will be getting the money.

    Too bad no one called Dear Leader on the other whopper he told: that most of the cost of his health care plain will be paid for by eliminating waste, fraud and abuse from Medicare and Medicaid without affecting the level of services in the program. Does ANYONE –even Obama - really believe that?

    As Malcolm X said, "By any means necessary." If a breach of decorum was the only way to air what is really in this bill on the issue of benefits for illegal aliens, so be it. Focus on the substance and forget all the moral posturing over the form.

    September 13, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  21. Merv

    Three points need to be made:

    1. Representative Wilson was wrong to disrespect the presidency and the congress; and his apology was necessary.

    2. However, one must ask the question: Was the President Lying? Do your own research and decide for your self. I've done mine and my conclusion is YES, he lied. Mr. Obama knows full will that there will be many means by which illegal aliens will take adavantage of health care reform. Further, he lies every time he utters the words: "revenue neutral". No one can possibly believe that the federal government can run this program at no cost to the tax payer.

    3. Finally, and perhaps most important, what has brought us to the point that a member of the house of representatives should show such disrespect for the President? Is it a president who believes that entitlement takes precedence over individual responsibility? a president who believes socialism takes precedence over capitalism? a president who believes global view takes precedence over national sovereignty. Do your own research and you decide.

    September 13, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. sandy

    If you add this comment from Wilson with the reaction over Obama's speech to the schools this past week, there is definitely an undercurrent of disrespect within certain areas in the country. For those of you who keep spouting off that somehow saying someone is a racist just because they said "you lie" is bs, then look at the big picture. Back in the 50's children were told to raise their cups to Eisenhower on the daily TV shows. Even though there was a huge populous that loathed Bush, no one would have ever said such things about him speaking to children about staying in school. This comment by Wilson was disrespectful as was the denying Obama to speak to certain schools. Call it what you want, but the same wouldn't have happened with Clinton and he infuriated conservatives as much as Obama does with policies.

    September 13, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  23. david

    he apologized, barry obama accepted his apology. everyone, including congress, should let it go and get over it. wilson just spoke out what many think of obama, after all obama has broken his campaign promises so why should anyone, excepting for the democratic base, believe every word that comes out of obama's mouth? as for disrespect to the potus, the office of potus, has everyone already forgotten the disrespect bush used to get and the office of potus while he occupied it? c'mon everyone, get over it!

    September 13, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  24. BJC

    At least Wilson said I'm sorry. Unlike Obama when he opened up his racist mouth and accused an innocent cop of being racist in the Gates case. Obama lies as our country dies.

    September 13, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  25. Dan Bocca

    What's making Wilson famous is the relentless media attention to his act. If the media and all of us would move on, this issue will fade and his fame would subside. If this continues, he will become the new Joe the Plumber. It seems to me that the angry people who hate Obama get a lot more media exposure than the citizens who rightfully opposed the Iraq war and were courageous enough to speak up.

    September 13, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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