January 27th, 2010
08:51 AM ET
4 years ago

'You lie!' congressman to respond to Obama address

Wilson is organizing his own response to President Obama.
Wilson is organizing his own response to President Obama.

(CNN) - Rep. Joe Wilson, the South Carolina Republican made famous after shouting "You lie!" at President Barack Obama last September, is set to give his own response to the president's State of the Union Address Wednesday.

Wilson's re-election campaign says the response will occur live via Facebook and will include questions from viewers.

"Joe Wilson is using every tool at his disposal to get Washington to start listening to the American people," said Wilson Campaign Manager, Dustin Olson in a statement. "Whether on Facebook or over coffee in South Carolina diners, Joe Wilson is taking the message of everyday Americans to Washington: 'Stop growing government and start growing jobs."

The once relatively-obscure congressman raised close to $3 million in the immediate days after his outburst at Obama's health care address to a joint session of Congress on September 9. Meanwhile, Rob Miller - Wilson's Democratic opponent in this year's congressional election - collected close to $1.7 million in the days following the outburst.

The combined cash haul is likely to transform what was once a low profile congressional race into what appears will be the most expensive campaign for a House seat in South Carolina history.

soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. marcus

    I don't care about Joe Wilson. The man has no class and anything he has to say is probably not worth the minute or two out of my life that it would take to give him the time of day.

    January 27, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. Capt. Snarky

    Been kinda sounding like Rep Wilson spoke the truth about the President

    January 27, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. rob

    Shut up, Joe Wilson.

    January 27, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. Personal responsibility, please.

    Obama lied and got called out.

    I hope that Obama now realizes that the American people are gullible. Most already know that the government CAN NEVER SOLVE ALL PROBLEMS. People solve problems–in healthcare, employment, environment....

    Hopefully Obama will moderate his radical agenda to the benefit of the American people.

    January 27, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. JLM

    Who cares what this guy has to say, he sit back and did nothing for years while his state was at the bottom in unemployment.

    January 27, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. Sheena

    Hey that guy spoke the Absolute Truth, Obama Lied then and still continues to lie to the People of this Country!!!!

    January 27, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. John

    What credentials does Joe Wilson possess other than being a bubba with an big mouth and an attitude?

    January 27, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. TM

    Amazing the milage this guy is getting for being wrong. Wilson was wrong then and he's wrong now. I just wonder what he'll yell out this time.

    January 27, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. David

    The president promised to have millions more people cover in insurance and that this will save money! Everyone in America does not think he was telling the truth or believed himself he was telling the truth. Then, one guy in congress actually pointed this out (including provisions to add illegal people to the healthcare program). So, what is the point remembering this guy by the fact that he is one of 300 millions who know that when it comes to healthcare the truth was not what we heard from the president???

    January 27, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. jdquest

    How much more disgusting can the Republicans get than this. Watch out you're gonna go one step too far and everybody is going to finally catch on.

    January 27, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  11. Vietnam Combat Veteran, Ohio

    who really cares what he has to say. He is from SC where they have no morals.

    January 27, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. chicana

    I hope Mr. Wilson calls Obama "Pinocchio" again!

    January 27, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  13. AEK

    He lies! AND he's from South Carolina...

    January 27, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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