January 27th, 2010
08:51 AM ET
8 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. Mississippi Mrs.

    Way to go Joe!

    January 27, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  2. C Spurgeon

    This guy fits right into the S Carolina crowd,,mega affairs, don't feed the dogs and of course you lie. What is he going to pull tonight to show his extrem ignorance...

    January 27, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  3. Minnesotan

    Joe had his 15 seconds of fame making a fool of himself. Please leave those of us who still reside in reality alone and stay in your delusional, hate-filled world.

    January 27, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. Kathryn

    No one cares what this jerk has to say.

    January 27, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  5. Joel

    Hey Joe,

    I am part of the American people too, and I want health care reform. No – I _need_ health care reform. When are you going to start listening to me, rather than obstructing the solution to my health problems?

    January 27, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  6. ARob

    All it takes to get attention from an increasingly ignorant and deluded populace is some outrageous act carried out in public. That's where our politicians are going, because it is likely to work.

    January 27, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  7. Sarah

    I think giving this Congressman Wilson the spot to respond to Obama's speech after what he did in the last speech is shameful on the GOP's part......they should give it to a Respected Republican it would have meant more coming from a more respected person than is idiot.......I won't even take one word this man says as any good rebuttal from the GOP......

    January 27, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  8. christi

    Doesn't it figure? Only in America-an ill-mannered southern oaf can reel in millions of dollars by disrespecting the office of the President. And now we have the joy of listening to the idiot give his own response to "growing government" and jobs. Hey, Joe, where was your rudeness and objections when your OWN party was spending like a drunken sailor and "grew" the government? Shallow hypocrite.

    January 27, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. Tyler Henderson

    Hopefully he gets thrown out. What he did was appalling. I'd be just as mad if a Democrat had done that to Bush. Then again this is South Carolina we're talking about. They have a history of being uncivil. At least they're not beating anyone with a cane anymore.

    January 27, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  10. Arlene, Illinois

    Well look America, another person from the long list of
    great South Carolina politicians.

    January 27, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    Now we see how much truth was in that emotional outburst.

    January 27, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  12. historian

    Joe Wilson is from South Carolina – does anyone listen to him????

    January 27, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  13. Crazy Harry

    That's good. Now the republican response won't take up too much time. That is, if he uses his old speech from the last presidential address.

    January 27, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. Peter E

    The problem with this guy's 'you lie' remark was not just that it was rude, but it was also factually false, as it was demonstrated by factcheck.org, as well as multiple media. Not that it matters to republicans who continue making up stories and feeding them to the public just to grab a few precious poll points.

    January 27, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  15. Mitch

    And this is news how? People actually care about this because?

    Some know nothing congressman from South Carolina in a prodomimently republican district. I almost feel like Fox "News" is dictating to all media outlets, what is supposed to be reported and what a is story.

    Maybe CNN should also have Palin contribute... although I am unsure what she can contribute precisely.

    January 27, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  16. Showtime - Tampa

    Joe Wilson was 100% accurate that night. Lets hope he keeps up the straight talk.

    January 27, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  17. IndyVoter

    So Predictable! Good. I'm glad the Republicans have chosen this clown from a state that for years has been near if not at the bottom of the list at it pertains to education, jobs and health care. This, America, is who represents the Republicans. Repbulican South Carolinian politicians would love to go back to the days of the Confederacy. If that's what you want to go back to then all means listen to what this rude and irresponsible member of Congress has to say. The rest of the well meaning, respectful and responsible citizens will listen to what the President of the United States has to say.

    January 27, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  18. Sniffit

    Doesn't really matter what Obama says. He could get up and talk about trickle-down economics and tax cuts and they'd still fling partisan turds. This "response" isn't really a response: it's already been written.

    January 27, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  19. Francisco Cardenas

    So the GOP is rewarding this unpatriotic, uncouth, undisciplined, sham of a Congressman to represent them?

    January 27, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  20. David in San Diego

    Did "Joe the Plumber" (a.k.a., "Joe the Plumper") really get elected to Congress? That's almost as hilarious as the idea that Palin could be VP.

    January 27, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  21. Terry from West Texas

    If you want to hear some lies, just listen to this guy's response to Obama. South Carolina is the gift that just keeps on giving. First to fire on American troops, first to secede and initiate the Civil War, and a constant pain in the behind, South Carolina gave us Strom Thurmond and Mark Sanford. They also gifted the nation with a Congressman who insults the American President before a world-wide audience.

    We should have just let South Carolina leave. Perhaps they could have joined South Africa.

    January 27, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  22. Ron in California

    Can't wait to hear the address tonight. Obama has no credibility.

    January 27, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  23. Jose

    So when can we shout out "YOU LIE" to this Congressman?

    January 27, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  24. Big Ed

    Joe Wilson is a show off and a fool.

    January 27, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  25. Dave

    Considering all the shennanigans that the Democrats have pulled since the outburst, i think wilson will be elected in a landslide. Hopefully Ozero comes and campaigns for Miller and gives him the political "Kiss of death" like in Massachusetts.

    January 27, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
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