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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    ┬╗President Obama!Obama!President Obama!=We are WITH YOU 100%!!! Yes.

    September 10, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. Jay

    What's his website?
    I want to donate also

    September 10, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. Enoch

    This is a new low for the Republicans, makes me wonder if this is really about Healthcare or some other thing.

    September 10, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. fralene

    Mr. Wilson's behavior was shameful, yet typical of South Carolina's slash and burn politics. I have lived in South Carolina for 13 years. Of all of the states I've lived in (former military) it is the most backward. Too many South Carolinians cling to the past and seem incapable of looking to the future with anything but fear and deliberate, willful ignorance. They hold their fears and grudges tightly, letting emotions rule in place of logic or reason. Living here changed me from a Republican to an Independent voter. I am also finally, thankfully, moving out of state. My apologies to the South Carolinians I have met with thoughtful, logical minds for lumping you in with the masses. You may be few, but you have made my time here bearable.

    September 10, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |

    ┬╗HURRAH for President OBAMA!! HURRAH!!

    September 10, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. Jared

    He needed to apologize for this and I am glad he did. The Republicans need to stop acting like children that lost thier soccer game and trying to get the party back to where it was. They have some valid arguments but no one wants to listen to them when they can't act like mature adults.

    September 10, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. 2tired

    President George W. Bush was booed and heckled by Democrats at his 2005 State of the Union address.

    September 10, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. Yikes!

    Look, I know the Republican party is angry that they are not currently in power and the current President is pushing an agenda that they seriously disapprove of, but once you start disrupting speeches the way Wilson did yesterday, you are only showing the country that you can't disagree with someone without being disrespectful in the process. And it's that type of behaviour that will continue to push voters away from the Republicans. They need to get their anger under control, stop trying to take down Obama at every turn and instead focus on presenting to the country their alternatives to they way things are currently being goverened. If Obama's policies truly are that bad, it's going to eventually show through and Americans will look for solutions outside of the Democratic party. The Republicans need to focus on being ready if such an opportunity arises. But as long as they continue to be seething mad and letting it show to everyone in the U.S., Americans are not going to be interested in coming back to their party, no matter how much they may end up disliking the Democrats.

    September 10, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  9. N. Brice

    I think it's great to hear from someone with a voice who actually cares.


    September 10, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  10. Is SC Nuts?

    What the heck is wrong with the Great State of South Carolina? Why do the elected leaders there have trouble keeping either their pants or their mouth's zipped?

    September 10, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  11. T'SAH from Virginia


    I am so glad that all of this Town Hall Incitement and scare tactics are finally backfiring!!! I guess WILSON will be voted out come 2010!!!

    YES WE CAN!!! (see, I'm SHOUTING but for a GOOD CAUSE!)

    September 10, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. Mar

    These are the people who make republicans look like big losers. Why don't you guys grow up? This is American people's lives we are talking about!!!!!!!!

    September 10, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. Sgt. USMC

    This is the same childish name calling which the republicans encouraged during town hall meetings. Now, to do it from of millions of viewers and even more embarassing, to call our President a liar is one of the worst forms of disrespect that I have ever seen from the republicans. He might as well should have thrown a shoe. But I guess they will never learn. It's proof that republicans do not want bi-partisanship, they want the President to fail even if it means having to result to childish acts.

    September 10, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  14. Maili Rae

    No big deal, CNN! Please CNN stop pushing your liberal agenda. Mr. Wilson said exactly what most of us wish had an opportunity to say directly to Pres Obama's face. Obama is one BIG LIAR!

    Americans are unhappy with Obama's adm so the Dems are not a real challenge in 2010 for Republicans. PERIOD!

    September 10, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  15. Clint

    Now being ignorant is just not enough. Wilson has to stoop to an all time low by heckling the President before Congress. Rules of decorum prevent us from devolving into chaos. Joe, its country before party and country before ideology – got it? How much longer does the GOP expect to retain any measure of respect from the American public? Truly pathetic.

    September 10, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  16. Scott, Tucson

    Well Wilson is absolutely right in that Obama is lying to the American people, of course he should have not done it during yet another one of Obama speeches.

    And the Dem's never called Bush a liar, what a bunch of hypocrites why even Obama called Bill Clinton a liar durning his campaign, so what goes around comes around.

    September 10, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  17. white female

    This is just what the President was talking about when he spoke to our young Student's, Please study hard in school, learn how to to be a good citizen and RESPECT EACH OTHER. Please don't be STUPID like this old White Southern piece of a MAN, that don't show any education at all. Please don't let people like them represent you STATE of SC anymore. Enough of this silly foolishness from these fools. They are a bunch of sad souls
    This President keep showing them up at each and every TURN.
    gooooooooo, Mr President GO all the way to the end of your eight year term...Yes we can, yes we will, and Yes you Have won.

    September 10, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  18. Saad

    Don't be mad at Wilson or blame him for what he did – Just look at his face. The poor guy looks like a pathetic individual from inside and out. Feel sorry for him instead of being mad. Just forgive him. Our charismatic president did – so should everyone else.

    September 10, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  19. KJ

    The other point that the media fails to address is the fact that Mr. Wilson was incorrect in his facts. As has been pointed by representatives from both parties, no version of any bills contained any provision for providing healthcare to illegal immigrants. While his behavior is disrespectful, the fact is he was engaging in the scare tatics that have made it difficult to have a real dialogue.

    September 10, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  20. TLS

    The republicans all behaved like a bunch of angry, over privileged, frat boys last night.

    September 10, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  21. Dave

    I guess it was ok for the Democrats to boo and call President Bush a "Liar" in 2005 when he addressed congress, but are upset now when a Republican does the same thing? My, the hypocrisy from the left is stunning.

    The Democrats are in big trouble in 2010 no matter how much cash they raise.

    September 10, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. patriot

    I hope last night more Americans finally realized the CLOWNS and CRYBABIES that pass for the Republican party today. Paranoid, ignorant, dishonest and childish.

    I hope what people remember most is the GOP's behavior, with their homemade signs and waving the papers? Gee, you guys hoping to get on TV maybe? Today's GOP has the mentality of a 5 year old, you can't always expect a youngster to sit quietly and behave when someone else is talking, and I guess that also applies to GOP congressmen.

    September 10, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. MDL

    Between Wilson and Sanford, is South Carolina still part of the USA?

    September 10, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  24. susanne middletown

    Congressman Wilson is a disgrace, he is the liar. We need civility in this country and people like Wilson, and the Fox cable news, like Beck, are so negative, vicious and cynical and will be "called out"
    Our President is doing everything to help this Nation in spite of the ugly charges and lies that are coming from the right the extreme right that have no principlesn or plans that are constructive.

    September 10, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  25. Brian

    Not more disrespectful than the Dems BOOING George Bush in 2005 during his State of the Union. How quick we forget!

    September 10, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
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