January 27th, 2010
08:51 AM ET
5 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. Tommy

    Is he going to wait until the president finishes?

    January 27, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  2. Jim Hall

    Wilson is just another blithering idiot. Didn't his parents ever teach him that is impolite to point a finger, to speak when you are spoken to, never interrupt anyone when they are speaking. he must have failed a course in politeness. Oh by the way with his mouth open as big as it is it would probably take a huge fishing cork to plug it one about the size of a whales mouth. Oh by the way he looks like he feeds himself well maybe running a few hundred miles around the track would help him or better playing basketball with President Obama would do him some good also if he could concentrate on the game. Jim Hall Kansas City Missouri a republican no more.

    January 27, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  3. Debbie

    I think we are seeing the results of Obams's nievity. Because of his inexperience he has allowed his advisors to guide him in the wrong direction. You are only as good as the people you surround yourself with. He needs to take a look at them and make the changes that need to be made. I don't think he truly realized how difficult a job this would be.
    I think he gets it now.

    January 27, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  4. Ben in Oil City PA.

    This just goes to show how messed up the Republican party really is. This guy should be a point of shame to them, instead they reward his poor behavior and put him out front to show their rabid hate for President Obama.

    January 27, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  5. jane

    I am a native South Carolinian, and I would like to see Wilson and any other jerk banded from the audience if they have no more respect for the office of President of the United States than he showed in the past.

    Why Obama wants to work for bipartisan coorperation is a mystery to me. He was not elected to do that, and the Republicans are not going to allow it anyway. Whenever concessions are made to them, they only move the goalposts.

    January 27, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  6. John

    It's just sick, the amount of money you have to have to get elected. Does noone under stand "Buy the Election"

    January 27, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  7. Daleesp

    Mr. Wilson is the bigger liar

    January 27, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    To be frank, after his last outburst, I don't think he shuld be allowed to attend the State of the Union address.

    January 27, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  9. Mark

    Can't wait to hear this jerk respond to Obamas speech. We'll see Joe's lack of understanding of the job he should be doing.

    January 27, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  10. Jin

    How can a political hack have anything useful to say. He opened his mouth once and now we all know everything he might have to say.

    January 27, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  11. All the news that is fit to omit

    I'll help you Joe...

    HE LIED AGAIN!

    Real easy, and so predictable and true even ahead of time.

    January 27, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  12. Jim

    And what exactly what has Joe Wilson proposed to help out with anything?

    January 27, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  13. Kyle, Virginia

    Who cares???

    January 27, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  14. joel palmer

    This is the starkest admission yet that the GOP is bereft of ideas and has no program to help this country. By selecting "Liar Joe Wilson" to responde to the State of the Union, they have exposed their intellectual and moral bankruptcy.

    God help us all if these morons ever seize power again

    January 27, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  15. J. Rochester, NY

    Why does the media insist of giving this disrespectful buffoon more attention for his bad behavior?

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

    Just another SC Republican't spouting "words of wisdom" - their Lt. Governor yesterday, Lindsey Graham, their oh-so wise Governor Sanford, and now - again - the not-so-brilliant Rep. Joe Wilson, a rude excuse for a man who should have been censored and escorted from the Chambers when he made his ill-timed "You Lie" rant. SC, please wake up and send these folks packing. You're making your state look pretty pitiful!

    January 27, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  17. a health economist

    Oh wow, I can't wait to hear what he says this time. :-)

    January 27, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  18. Dale

    Will he be screaming at people incoherently on Facebook as well? That seems to be all he is good at. What an embarrassment to all the representatives, whether they be Republican or Democrat. Who can take him seriously?

    January 27, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  19. Mike

    I am sure nobama will give everyone ammunition to yell you lie because its easy to tell nobama is lying, his lips are moving.

    January 27, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  20. sonny chapman

    S. Carolina's version of "listening to the people" --Abolish the 14th Amendment.

    January 27, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  21. Vivian McRae

    No need for him to ever put his sheet back on.

    January 27, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  22. sandy

    Ok, Wilson will get an extra 15 minutes of fame!! Give me a break.

    January 27, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  23. Susan Perold

    I am a bemused South African, watching the feeding frenzy surrounding the US president. His campaign, election and composed demeanour in office is so inspirational that I cannot fathom the American psyche. Would they prefer a reality TV show character that appeals to the lowest common denominator rather than this exceptional president history has gifted the USA? Methinks you did not get the president you deserve!

    January 27, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  24. J dawg

    Listening to tools...yep sounds right.

    ""Joe Wilson is using every tool at his disposal to get Washington to start listening to the American people,"

    January 27, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  25. ran

    I have hope the people of SC will do the right thing and get ride of all the Republicans during this next election. I can not believe the people of SC really condone these type people.

    If they do accept the Republicans fear/hate/obstructions/purist ways then they have my sympathy.

    January 27, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
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