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. Irma in North Carolina

    They should bar this jerk from any events where the president is at. He is a shameful example to our country. Send him to the tea paerty convention ands let him stand along Sarah then they can booth shute off their mouth with people of their own kind.

    January 27, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  2. Mike1952

    Well he was right then and he's probably been right many times since. Wingnut lies with the greatest of ease. I wonder if he really believes his own lies. I guess that would indicate mental instability.

    January 27, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  3. EDDIE

    He must be looking for more donations.Imagine a repub shouting 'You Lie" to someone other than another repub.Crazy.

    January 27, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  4. Jacq

    Joe wilson is racist point black,he doesn't care about any minority voters in South Carolina

    January 27, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  5. walker

    Hopefully, someone in Joe Wilson's audience will tell him "you lie". What an abomination he is. Why does anyone want to listen to him or better yet send him $$. I don't care if he is a democrat or a republican-he is an adolescent racist without any southern manners that he is suppose to represent. Send him to the Jerry Springer show.

    January 27, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  6. L for Legend

    I predict that he will say something bone-headed and he'll regret this night. He ain't as smart as he thinks he is. Question for Wilson, when are you going to grow some jobs for poor ol' South Carolin?

    January 27, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  7. Marc

    Beautiful... So a guy who obviously has not a big of a control of his own temper, and showed it publically with his disrespectful interruption of a sitting POTUS' speech to the House (and when it had ever happened before?), is the one that will 'respond' to the first 'State of the Union' speech of the same POTUS?
    Come on, the Republicans have a lot of more qualified men and women to do that...
    But almost no one as popular in their bases as it seems...

    January 27, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  8. regretting words

    It is clear his apology from the last time was really heart felt. His contrition is really apparent in taking on this role.

    Not so classy Joe.

    January 27, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  9. britello-fl

    I hope this guy means it, it's so sad a state were in becuase of the last eight years of the same people who Lied to us : WMP, War, Economy, Wall Street, Afganistan, and since day one this President was elected by the american people, they have been nothing but hate, division and obstruction. Now they want to get people on their side by putting all the blame on this President, it's just so ignorant of them!
    Republicans please shut up tonight if you can!

    January 27, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  10. deb (long island)

    What a mockery is being made of our government! This moron will probably raise more money for being an insolent boar!

    January 27, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  11. Mike

    Looks like Wilson may be positioning himself for a run in 2012. I'm already tired of this loudmouth.

    January 27, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  12. Dan Holiday

    Man, I hope he stands up again and declares that Obama is a liar. I know that the truth is something that liberals fear, but Obama is a world class liar. He has lied in regards to promises he made during his presidential campaign, he lied about policies he was going to institute, he lied about transparency, he lied about being bi-partisan, he lied about he intentions in dealing with terrorist, and the list goes on and on. Face is dems, this president has made his career, nay...his life, by telling lies. I believe this is a main reason why the tide is turning to the GOP. People may not always agree with their policies, but at least they know what they are getting. With Barry and his crew, it changes everyday.

    January 27, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  13. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Joe Wilson, what a joke and how much more pathetic can Republicans get when they use an idiot like Wilson.

    January 27, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  14. buckwheat

    It seems the Congressman has been vindicated.

    January 27, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  15. JohnM

    The only thing worse than a liar is an ignorant liar and that is what joe 'I'm a hypocrite' wilson is.

    January 27, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  16. Socrates43

    Even if I would be a republican.. Would I hear to this classless, immature, obnoxious, rude individual? He is not someone that would inspire class to children.. This guy has more hate than compassion or class... typical republican.

    January 27, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  17. Disgruntled Independent

    Why listen to this nut?

    January 27, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  18. not alone

    Hey Joe, Don't forget to bring up your still fighting the civil war down there in SC. You know attack everything that don't fit your personal and political agenda!! You are the new face of the republican party(Tea party,neo-con) I know you will do them proud by attacking a sitting president no matter what he says. Sad to think that you think by rediculing the president you will get more money to run you campain with. How is that helping America in any way? How about getting to washington and working for the people instead of spouting you mouth off for political gain?

    January 27, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  19. I'll never go hungry again!

    Quotes from South Carolina:

    "You Lie"
    "Poor people are like stray animals"
    "My Argentine mistress is my soul mate"

    This is the best they get in SC!

    January 27, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  20. Laurie

    I hope that the creeper can act a little more statesman like than he did when he shouted "you lie!" What a slime bucket!

    January 27, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  21. Laverne

    All this freak is doing is trying to capitalize off of the American people again. America wake up!

    January 27, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  22. Alan

    Why didn't he say anything when Bush was in office?? Andgave the gift to wall street ??

    January 27, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  23. Bxgrrl

    Why not promote a moron? This is all the GOP knows.

    January 27, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  24. Pete Lambie

    As an Obama voter and fierce Independant thinker I am continually amazed at this Right wing faux rage at Obama. Where was this concern over the previous administrations war of choice in Iraq, unfunded Prescription drug reform, Katrina et.al. Bush ran huge deficits for 7 of 8 years!!! Cheney said that deficits didnt matter!!!
    In no way am I suggesting that Obama is perfect, no human is. These times demand that reasonable people step back and look at the overview of the landscape that Obama confronted a year ago. Is the American memory really that short???

    January 27, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  25. James

    I would be less concerned with Mr. Wilson motives had it not been his rude remarks to or about the President that have propelled him into the spot light, and his 3 million dollars worth of eaqually rude Americans..... who somehow think what he did was a good thing, or showed some intelgence. It didn't! What it showed was a ill manner adult. How the people of South Carolina can possible think he will be of any help to them and their cause is beyond me. He burned one large bridge.....

    January 27, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
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