South Carolina's attorney general endorses Huntsman
August 29th, 2011
11:20 AM ET
3 years ago

South Carolina's attorney general endorses Huntsman

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman picked up the endorsement of South Carolina's attorney general Monday morning.

Alan Wilson, son of U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, joined the former U.S. ambassador to China and Utah governor for the endorsement event at the South Carolina Statehouse.
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Filed under: 2012 • Joe Wilson • Jon Huntsman • South Carolina
Rep. Joe Wilson released from hospital
August 27th, 2011
03:08 PM ET
3 years ago

Rep. Joe Wilson released from hospital

(CNN) – South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson was released from the hospital Saturday after being treated five days for an extended fever and "chronic viral-type infection," according to information released by his staff.

Last week, when Wilson's office announced that a series of appearances in his district would be rescheduled, they initially attributed his illness "to his recent possible contraction of Lyme disease."
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Filed under: Joe Wilson • South Carolina
South Carolina congressman hospitalized with fever
August 25th, 2011
08:22 AM ET
3 years ago

South Carolina congressman hospitalized with fever

(CNN) – U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina has been hospitalized with an "extended fever," his spokesman said Thursday.

It wasn't immediately clear what caused the fever, though his office this week announced that a series of appearances would be rescheduled "due to his recent possible contraction of Lyme disease."

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Filed under: Joe Wilson • South Carolina
Rep. Wilson misses Bachmann rally
August 18th, 2011
05:43 PM ET
3 years ago

Rep. Wilson misses Bachmann rally

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - It was probably a bite from a tick that kept Republican Rep. Joe Wilson from attending a rally for presidential candidate Michele Bachmann on Thursday.

"I just put a call into Joe this morning. We were hoping he was going to be here," Bachmann said as she introduced one of Wilson's staffers at a rally in downtown Columbia.
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Filed under: 2012 • Joe Wilson • Michele Bachmann • South Carolina
Congressman who shouted 'You lie!' at Obama will sit with Democrats
January 24th, 2011
03:02 PM ET
3 years ago

Congressman who shouted 'You lie!' at Obama will sit with Democrats

Washington (CNN) - A Republican congressman who unexpectedly participated in President Obama's health care speech in 2009 by heckling the chief executive says he will be flanked by two Democrats on Tuesday night to show his willingness to work with the opposition party.

Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina shouted "You lie!" during the president's address on health care in September 2009. The chief executive had just denied that illegal immigrants were covered in his proposed health care plan.

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Filed under: Congress • Joe Wilson • SOTU 2011
Congressman happy rifle part engraved with "You Lie" no longer being sold
January 12th, 2011
04:49 PM ET
3 years ago

Congressman happy rifle part engraved with "You Lie" no longer being sold

Washington (CNN) - The Republican congressman who gained notoriety for shouting "You Lie" at President Obama is happy that a gun seller has stopped selling a part for a semi-automatic rifle that was engraved with his infamous words.

This comes amid the debate over whether provocative political rhetoric inflames violence. The issue is getting fresh scrutiny in the aftermath of the deadly Arizona shootings that left six dead and 13 wounded, including Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
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Filed under: Joe Wilson
June 21st, 2010
10:23 AM ET
4 years ago

Joe Wilson's son hammered in new TV ad

An advocacy group called 'The South Carolina Truth Squad' placed a television ad hammering Alan Wilson as a 'Good Ole Boy'.
An advocacy group called 'The South Carolina Truth Squad' placed a television ad hammering Alan Wilson as a 'Good Ole Boy'.

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) – The Republican gubernatorial primary in South Carolina took a nasty turn in its final weeks, but the subsequent two-week runoff between Nikki Haley and Gresham Barrett never turned into the no-holds-barred, mudslinging cage match that some thought it would.

But other down-ballot races in the state have been noticeably more contentious, namely the runoff for Attorney General between Leighton Lord and Alan Wilson, the son of Rep. Joe Wilson.

Case in point: A mysterious advocacy group called "The South Carolina Truth Squad" went up with a harsh television ad last Thursday hammering Wilson as a "Good Ole Boy" who once failed the bar exam and is piggy-backing off his father's name.

"The truth is, the only notable thing in Alan Wilson's background is being a congressman's son," the ad's narrator says. "Getting elected because of who your daddy is part of South Carolina's past, not it's future.

The Truth Squad has not disclosed its donors, but CNN has learned that the group is being funded by a South Carolina non-profit opposed to frivolous lawsuits called Citizens Against Litigation Abuse.

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Filed under: 2010 • Joe Wilson • South Carolina
March 17th, 2010
09:00 AM ET
4 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.

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Filed under: 2010 • Joe Wilson • South Carolina
March 16th, 2010
08:39 PM ET
4 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.

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Filed under: 2010 • Extra • Joe Wilson • Popular Posts • South Carolina
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.

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