September 10th, 2009
05:45 PM ET
14 years ago

(Updated): Wilson's opponent raises more than $500K

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Joe Wilson's outburst has resulted in a cash windfall for his 2010 Democratic challenger Rob Miller."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Joe Wilson's outburst has resulted in a cash windfall for his 2010 Democratic challenger Rob Miller.

According to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Miller raised $100,000 overnight from 3,000 individual donors after Wilson shouted "You lie!" at President Obama during his address to Congress on Wednesday night.

Miller released a statement last night accusing Wilson of "engaging in childish name-calling and disrespecting out Commander-in-Chief." Wilson's shout prompted Democrats on the Web to direct donors to Miller's Web site and to the Democratic fundraising site ActBlue.

Miller gave Wilson the toughest re-election challenge of his career last year in one of the country's most conservative congressional districts. Miller lost by eight points, and decided to challenge Wilson again next year.

Wilson apologized to the president after the speech, calling his comments "inappropriate and regrettable."

UPDATE: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reported Thursday morning that Miller's post-speech total had risen to $200,000.

UPDATE 2:45 pm: The DCCC reported Thursday afternoon that Miller's new post-speech total had risen to $400,000, via 11,000 individual contributions.

UPDATE: 5:45 p.m.: The DCCC reported Thursday evening that Miller post-speech total had risen to more than $500,000, via 14,000 individual contributions.

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  1. rethuglikkklans

    Oops! They did it again another republican just prove to the world what everybody already know they have no plans they don't know how to communicate all they wanna do is shout over people who wants the truth.I feel sorry for them after lastnight

    September 10, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. Randy, San Francisco

    Why should anyone be surprised by the conduct of Republican politicians during the president's speech? Their marching orders come from political tv and radio talk show hacks.

    September 10, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  3. Walter

    This is the kind of person that Obama is expected to reason with?

    Look closely at the picture of this guy. His is the face of nativism, of rabid ignorance, of racial and ethnic resentment. His is the face of an absolutist with the instinct for totalitarianism.

    There is something, after all, to fear in the health care reform debate. It is people like this.

    September 10, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    How utterly 1st grade the republicans have become.

    With no leadership to reign these fools in, I imagine this behavior will only continue.

    September 10, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. Debra R

    As usual, the donkeys will take advantage of any situation. Wilson has apologised. If the president has accepted the apology, then it should be dropped. Stop your braying!

    September 10, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  6. Bob of Lompoc

    Yet another Southern While Male Republican office holder bent on detroying the Republican Party. You Republicans better start searching your Internet or local telephone directories – look under "Libertarian Party". You'll need to know where to go to sign up.

    September 10, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  7. rc

    When a leader has no respect for the President, what do you expect people to do when they debate healthcare? When someone has no solutions, or substantial input they resort to the most chidish of calling.

    The people of SC need to make sure Joe Wilson stays home after the next election, and not come back to Washington with his negative and narrow minded outlook on the future.

    Shame on YOU!!

    September 10, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  8. AZ Senior

    The quality of our government depends exactly on the quality of people we elect.

    September 10, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  9. Jeff

    I am embarrassed and disgusted to see quite vividly that there are elected officers in this country that act as if they belong on the Jerry Springer show. However, I appreciate that though our President was visibly perturbed by the bush league outburst, he didn’t allow it to pull him or the conversation down into the gutter with Joe Wilson. It’s no wonder that he is a Republican from the South. It’s amazing how these regional party of the South “geniuses” continue to drive their party of the
    20th century into obscurity. Bravo

    September 10, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  10. KS

    We had to listen to Bush for eight long years when we knew just about everything out of his and his administrations mouth were lies. Of all people he should have been the first to be called a liar.
    The republicans showed such a lack of respect not just for the President of the United States of America! but also to their own offices. Holding signs and shouting out kindergarten thoughts. Is this the new republican party? What a disgrace! Why would you even want to try to work with a party engaged in such tactics?
    The part that he got so upset about needs to be looked into further. republicans never cared about illegal aliens coming across the border because they were cheap labor. Now that they think it may cost their corporate buddies some money for health care all of a sudden their concerned? They are not looking out for the American only for their political bank accounts. Wilsons outburst should be dealt with harshly. I also think anyone holding a sign up (their thoughts on paper) should be dealt with the same.

    September 10, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  11. Shay

    We most remember that we are the examples for our children. Every president deserves our respect. Anger has no place for politics. Reasoning is what get things done.

    September 10, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  12. itofts

    lol....give an imbecile a gun and he will shoot his own foot every time.

    And SC... you people should be ashamed of yourselves for electing a mattress stain like this to congress. Join MN with Bachmann, Texas for almost everything and the Palinites in leader indicators of gross stupidity.

    September 10, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  13. Jeff

    This man needs to resign his seat, he is an embarresment to the state and to his seat. What are the people of SC thinking electing such treasonist and lying people to the posts of Governor and Senator. I hope the good people of SC will demand that Sanford and Miller resign their posts as soon as possible. Their actions and lack of true remorse show them for who they are, a lying cheating husband with a screw loose in his head and a grown man not able to control his own emotions on a nationally televised speech by our President. The dems did not like George Bush but NONE of them ever pulled a stunt like this, I wonder if Miller would have done this if President Obama was white? the underlying anger that these people have is not about healthcare its about not being able to accept the fact a black man is president. Its shameful and Miller's actions are treasonist as far as Im concerned. Resign Miller and stop making SC look like a fool

    September 10, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  14. Reggie

    Democrats are so hatefull. The dems roused Pres Bush nonstop. Get used to it, Obama. Your policies are so bad for America, that you are bound to get called out from time to time.

    September 10, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  15. What about Reid?

    MR. RUSSERT:  When the president talked about Yucca Mountain and moving the nation's nuclear waste there, you were very, very, very strong in your words. You said, "President Bush is a liar.  He betrayed Nevada and he betrayed the country."

    Is that rhetoric appropriate?

    SEN. REID:  I don't know if that rhetoric is appropriate.  That's how I feel, and that's how I felt.  I think to take that issue, Tim, to take the most poisonous substance known to man, plutonium, and haul 70,000 tons of it across the highways and railways of this country, past schools and churches and people's businesses is wrong.  It's something that is being forced upon this country by the utilities, and it's wrong.  And we have to stop it.  And people may not like what I said, but I said it, and I don't back off one bit.

    September 10, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  16. xcusme

    What disrespect! I could not believe my ears. You may not like the man but respect the office. But that is what our country has come to. His hatred of the President may cost him the next election and I hope it does. This character is not willing to work with the President. Wow, I wonder what his kids think of him today.

    Oh I forgot he is teaching is kids the hate so I guess they give him a ata boy dad.

    September 10, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  17. Chip

    Many will call for censure or some sanctions against this guy, while not even being concerned with Charlie Rangel's misgivings.

    Ciminality is more acceptable than poor taste.

    Have a nice day!

    September 10, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  18. tuka1405

    There will be plenty of people today who give Joe Wilson kudos for his outburst last night. However, how does his behavior help the health care debate or our society at large? By calling the President a liar, Wilson has only proven the President's point about the difficulties of working with the GOP. While Mr. Wilson's behavior may be effective at town hall meetings, it has no place in a serious/honest debate. Once you call a person a liar, where do you go from there?!

    September 10, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  19. eliot from chicago

    Mr. Wilson is the next Fox News morning show personality

    September 10, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  20. Seth in Jacksonville, FL

    Just like the town hall meetings – no respect. Sore losers who, for 8-12 years have been used to bullying and getting their way. When the other team starts to win, they try to disrupt, bully, intimidate, and frighten everyone. Right now "bipartisan" means the Republicans need to recognize that they LOST and are the minority voice in this country. It's time for them to get on board.

    September 10, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  21. Jeff

    I wonder how many donations Joe Wilson received overnight?

    September 10, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  22. diridi

    this guy is a crazy idiot...

    September 10, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  23. katiec

    However, Wilson did not admit he was wrong, made a mistake.
    But, that is typical for the republicans. They have never taken any responsibility for all the diasters they created these last eight
    I have never seen politics stoop to the level they have. Integrity, honor, respect have totally been thrown to the wind in favor of party first,
    win at any cost, destroy the president, lie, distort, fear monger and
    ignore the needs of our country and us.
    With all the problem that face our country, one would think a true politician would want to work for our survival. Evidently the republicans do not care about us or our country. Their irresponsible, unAmerican behavior have reached an all time low.

    September 10, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  24. Billy J ..Texas..

    Make that 1k + 30 dollars outta my modest budget.

    September 10, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |

    »President Barack Obama is 100% RIGHT on this!!...GO GREAT President OBAMA!!...

    September 10, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
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