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. andrewstl

    he is as stupid as he looks!

    s carolina has the most ignorant delegation of all time.

    January 27, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. Edwin

    This is sick. Wilson and the GOP clearly believe that a civil government is a waste of time. Why debate or try to work together when you can scream insults and act like a monkey?

    January 27, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  3. T'SAH from Virginia

    WILSON – YOU LIE!!!

    All of the CRITTERS are coming out to give more reasons why they're going to say NO to everything President Obama proposes!!!!

    January 27, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. Right Leaning Independent

    That should be interesting! How did they come up with that pick?

    January 27, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. JC

    HE is the best republican they have? really? May be Democrats arent doing too bad. Seriously, may be any SC politicians should just play cool for awhile.

    January 27, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. John, Brooklyn, NY

    ....simply a confirmation that the Republican party has digressed to endorsing Neanderthal politics.

    January 27, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  7. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Lying Joe Wilson is the best the republicans have, so I am not surprised.

    January 27, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  8. always proud dem in nc

    Figures the Rethugs would allow Joe,big mouth, Wilson to give the rebuttal to Pres. Obama's speech. He is their new hero. Poor "Joe the fake plumber", he's being replaced by another loser who is capitalizing on his 15 minutes of fame. Pathetic Republicans!!!

    January 27, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  9. Willy Brown

    Rock on Joe and thank you for telling the TRUTH!

    January 27, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  10. rta

    he should be banned from attending. he thought what he said before was cute and profitted from it. if the republicans are serious about working for the american people then they need to add civility to the debate and start with Wilson and banned him from attending the State of the Union Address. Of course racist , obstructionist boehner gets gleeful when something like that happens maybe he should be banned as well.

    January 27, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  11. WILLARD BULLOCK

    I am belived that wilson are alright

    January 27, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. stevetall

    Joe Wilson is a pinhead. Who cares what this third-rate weasel has to say? A complete embarrassment to all Americans, it's not surprizing that the current Republican party will support this jerk!

    January 27, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  13. Dar

    Well at least Joe will tell it like it is, thats for sure.
    I like it when people in congress say what needs to be said, the truth hurts sometimes but IM very tired of all the lies that Odumbo continues to throw at us.

    2010/2012 REAL Change is coming

    January 27, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  14. Doraine Gordon

    Joe Wilson doesn't deserve to represent anybody. He disgraced himself and his state by acting the fool. I wonder if he will be muzzled tonight so he can't holler out again. He is decadent and disgusting!

    January 27, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. brad from IL.

    Though I do disagree with where he made his statement, he was speaking the truth and half of this country agree. It also let most Americans witness that someone in Washington is listening too the American people. Now if we could get the rest to do the same. The Democrats better start listening or they will lose a lot more than there Congressional seat. They have already lost there respect from the people and are about to lose there job. Good riddance.

    January 27, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  16. Selma Crandall

    Joe Wilson is in the same camp as the senator-elect Brown from Mass: tell the truth even when it hurts; that's the good old-fashioned American way that Obomber and his uber-elitists have thumbed their noses at.

    January 27, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. Michael

    Wilson is using every tool at his disposal – even rude manners and outright falsehood – to slow change that would benefit the majority of Americans.
    It's not about the 5% anymore!

    January 27, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  18. Fitz in Texas

    Just think when Congressman Joe Wilson yelled "you lie" he was telling the truth.

    January 27, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  19. susan

    great.....
    we need more wingnuts

    January 27, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  20. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I guess that there will be more language that says in polite terms that the president is a liar and can't get anything done. I can't imagine that the Republicans would have been this foolish to put someone so rude to speak for them. I guess civility is truly dead; Limbaugh and other have helped to bury it.

    January 27, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  21. Lisa P

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

    Maybe he should start by listening himself. We want solutions, not more road blocks and certainly not more hot air and lies from idiots like himself. Want to do something? Then do something, you fool! Or if you can't bend your ridiculous partisan ideology enough to work with the Democrats then shut up and get out of the way!

    January 27, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  22. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Maybe Joe can explain South Carolina's long history of seeking cheap labor, and point out if we reintroduce slavery, that will eliminate the need for union workers, and therefore grow jobs.

    January 27, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  23. teena

    Can I be in the audience so that I can yell in response to HIS lies?

    January 27, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  24. Mr. Phil

    Are the stations that show his response going to have a Fact Check ticker that repudiates all the lies HE tells? Once and for all, there is NO coverage for illegal immigrants anywhere in the health care bill outside of the care they get in emergency rooms already (which IS certainly an issue).

    January 27, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. Scott, Tucson

    Mr. Wilson certainly proved he was right. Wonder if we will hear more responses like this tonight?

    January 27, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
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