March 16th, 2010
08:39 PM ET
5 years ago

"You lie!" congressman praised by voters in new ad

Rep. Joe Wilson of ‘You lie!’ fame is out Tuesday with a new television ad.
Rep. Joe Wilson of ‘You lie!’ fame is out Tuesday with a new television ad.

Washington (CNN) – He sat down and yelled, "You lie," at President Obama. But according to a new TV ad, he "stood up, when most people have been silent."

That's the sentiment from voters in South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson's new television spot - the first of his re-election campaign.

The 60-second spot features voters defending Wilson's work on their behalf, though not specifically his outburst at President Obama during a health care speech to Congress last September.

"He's passionate about what he does. And I respect that," one person says in the ad. "He says what he means, and he does what he says," explains another.


Brian DeRoy, Communications Director for Wilson's campaign, told CNN that a radio spot complements the television ad - and that both are debuting throughout South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District.

The campaign for Wilson's Democratic opponent told supporters that Wilson's new ad shows the Republican "bragging about his outburst again."

In a fundraising e-mail, Democrat Rob Miller's campaign said Wilson is "scared, because he's spent so much time as a Washington Congressman representing special interests." Miller's campaign said Wilson is spending money raised from the outburst.

Yet the Miller campaign is also trying to raise money off the controversy, urging supporters to contribute.


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soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. Obama Victim

    any of you crazy libs want to bet he is
    re-elected?? .........................that's what I thought

    March 16, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. Barbara Independent in NY

    Praise for Wilson says a more about the voters than it does for Wilson. Sad.

    March 16, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. JA/TN

    lower than whale manure

    March 16, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. Alison

    The president got slammed for bowing to foreign dignitaires, and this fool gets praised for shouting out during a major speech. I don't get it. Is it any wonder people act so rudely nowadays? And is this a return to "old-fashioned values?"

    I don't think so.

    March 16, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. Voice Crying In the Wilderness

    That's the sentiment from voters in South Carolina

    Correction.That's the sentiment from some hand picked voters in South Carolina. I'm from there, and most of the voters I know utterly despise him.

    March 16, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. The Voice

    Imagine if a Democrat would have yelled "you lie" during a Bush speach everytime he said a lie.

    Republicans are a bunch of hypocrites! Party first, nation second!

    March 16, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. All the news that is fit to omit

    Just like Alito said Owebama – NOT TRUE, Wilson was right when he said Owebama YOU LIE.

    Problem is that he hasn't STOPPED LYING, Barry, explain how paying into the HC fund for 4 or 5 years BEFORE the programs kick in is a good thing and Barry why did the Doctor fix get taken out??

    250 Billion for the DOCTOR FIX that was and should be part of the bill, but it still is going to happen, but d o w n the road.

    Magic tricks and lies and myths, hopeychangey, same thing.

    March 16, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. patriot

    Passionate about what he does? I think it's more like stupid is as stupid does......

    March 16, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. Joseph

    Congresspeople like Joe Wilson go to show that the US isn't ready for democracy yet.

    March 16, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  10. terry,va.

    Joe Wilson was and still is right about Obummie lying about federally funded abortions in the health care bill. The congress and Obummie owe him an apology. Remember he apologized for telling the truth. He should demand a televised apology from those idiots and demand their admission that they were the liars.

    March 16, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. donttreadonme

    What was worse a congressman blurting out an inappropriate statement during the state of the union (that happened to be correct) or the President’s premeditated verbal attack on the highest court in the land on National TV?

    March 16, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. Adelita

    His behavior certainly cannot be described as "statesmanlike"! Get him out of there, please.

    March 16, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. Get Left or Get Left Behind

    Rednecks love this type of garbage. This just goes to show you that Rep. Wilson's apology was bogus. Let's just call as we see it. He's a flat out racist.

    March 16, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. willard bullock

    I am agreed with wilson that obama have too much problems with pesilois but no rule

    March 16, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. gl, From Pittsburgh

    If you said any thing wrong about Bush, you were unamerican, but now that we have a black President it is okay to totally disrespect him. Blacks and minority are going to make you racist white people pay at the polls. No minority and their right mind will vote for any Republicans after they have did everything to try to destroy President Obama. BLACK POWER IS NO JOKE!

    March 16, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  16. Doug,lib jersey

    Saying you lie to the cronie lib master Obama is like saying your rich to Bill Gates.

    March 16, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  17. al in memphis

    Other than the outburst and fundraising related to the outburst–what has he really done?

    March 16, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. D. Bunker

    "Welcome to the SC GOP: Proudly expressing ignorance day after day!"

    March 16, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. jules sand-perkins

    Rep. Joe Wilson is an American Hero.

    March 16, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. badger

    Voters in South Carolina don't expect much from their elected officials except a no against a black man, you racist bunch of rednecks should get a clue why your state is one of the worst places in America. Stupidity runs rampant, you have Sanford, Demint, and Graham.

    March 16, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  21. Monkey wrench

    Well now, I guess old Joe Wilson turned out to be the one telling the truth about healthcare reform now hasn't he? They called him a racist and a traitor for speaking up for the obvious. By the way Libs, what do you call an Administration that takes away from the hard working class to give to the non-working class, Classicsts? Funny, most European immigrants fled to the New World to escape government oppression and indentured slavery and now some two-hundred odd years later, we find ourselves oppressed by a dysfunctional government and indentured by their massive debt!

    Vote for real healthcare reform in 2010 and 2012!

    March 16, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. Independent One

    South Carolina must have the dumbest people in the world

    March 16, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  23. HypocriCNNs Republican Bias

    This Blog Describes The Definition Of What A Hypocrite Does, When They Are On The Other Side Of The Fence. If The Roles Had Been Reversed, You'd Still Have A Person Disrespecting The Institution Of Goverment. I Dare Say That In Congressman Joe Wilson's (R-South Carolina) World As Well As The Low-Lifes Who Supports His Disrespecting President Obama Would Comprehend That.

    March 16, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  24. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    He should win the Nobel Truth Prize. Obama lies and continues to lie and will probably lie until he is booted in 2012.

    March 16, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  25. The Other Michael in Houston

    Nothing wrong with being passionate about what you feel, it's another thing being disrespectful. Furthermore, the POTUS did not lie about anything. Even your own party condemn what you did Wilson.

    March 16, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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