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. javier

    just donated 200 dollars today . total lack of respect for potus

    September 10, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. Respect our Prez

    I am totally - I mean totally disappointed in the childish and disreceptful outbust from congressman Jim Wilson. I could not beleive what I was hearing. To make such a premeditated and outwardly lying accusations about my president is beyond measure. What a loser of a man. Why is he a congressman? This guy truly hates the president and should be replaced for his lack of respect and common sense about the issues. I tried calling his office (202) 225-2452 and the phone was busy. I then contacted the SC Governor's office and they were also outraged about this matter so they told me to tell everyone about this loser Wilson.

    September 10, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |

    Don't let the inappropriate heckle by Rep. Wilson detract from the statement. President Obama did lie about coverage of illegals. He also lied when he said that the Republicans have not offered any healthcare bill alternatives. Therefore, I do not believe his $900 billion cost estimate. Others (including Government Agencies) have provided a cost estimate of $9 trillion. This cost is too much.

    September 10, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. Teri Davis Newman

    Hey–Truth hurts! If more of these Congressmen would stand up for what they believe in instead of being special interest TOOLS, the country would be far better off!! Respect has to be EARNED–and Obama has done nothing to earn it other than getting elected. I repect the office of President of my country but I wouldn't wipe my feet on the current office holder who has done his best to turn our country in the a Chavez-like socialist regime-and BOWED DOWN to the Muslim King of Saudi Arabia. He's not worthy of respect and he does lie–ever time he opens his mouth!! I've got more respect for this Congressman than I do for anyone else in Washington!!

    September 10, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  5. Sue

    Mr. Wilson is an example of why the republican party is declining.
    Mr. Wilson's apology did not go far enough. Not only was his outburst childish and a very poor example to all Americans, it was untrue. The President was indeed telling the truth. His apology should include his remorse for his own lying.

    September 10, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  6. Moonbeam

    Mr. Wilson is a shinning example of what GOP has became.
    Ronald Reagan, whom they like to quote on every occasion, must be turning in his grave!

    September 10, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  7. David

    He should not have done it in that setting, BUT he is telling the truth. The Republicans tried to get the Democrats to put a statement in the bill specifically stating that illegal aliens would not be covered, the Democrats refused. So, although nothing states that they are covered, nothing states that they are not as well. You know how lawyers work: if it doesn't say they are not covered then you can bet money they will be.

    As far as everyone getting on this guy for his behavior: It is probably warranted but do not forget the MANY times the Democrats, as a whole, booed President Bush during his State of the Union speeches.

    Again, the Democrats show why they are complete and total hypocrites and most of you will not even care..... again.

    September 10, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  8. Frank & Bella Holstein

    And how much did Joe receive? Yeah, CNN, let's not report THAT. No wonder your ratings are less than 50% of Fox News' ratings. Your days as Obama's propaganda machine are numbered. Prepare to be on the "Government Option" plan, because none of you will have jobs soon.

    September 10, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. Doug, New Jersey

    "Democratic fundraising site ActBlue"

    Ha ha, Act Blue. Please, come to NYC or DC to see how Blue really acts. If you can't, then google what happened in a Wallmart last Fall in ultra blue Long Island. Check the crime/rape/theft/murder rates per person in red counties Vs. blue counties, that truth will show the true meaning of acting blue.

    September 10, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  10. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    And just WHERE were all these angry and self-righteous GOPs while Bush and Cheney were ruining the country, and lying, and trampling laws?

    September 10, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  11. michelle

    only in sc, now if i went to a meeting at the state capitol in sc I would have gone to jail. that's what they do here. what a poor role model. PUNISH, PUNISH, Punish him hard.

    September 10, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  12. Mike

    Where was this Idiots backbone to stand up and tell the Previous President " You Lie" When Bush lied about Weapons of mass destructions, Lied about the economy no in a depression, Lied about a war that cost hundreds of Americans Soldiers their lives. Where was His backbone to stand up to the Previous President and call him a lie..........What a Hypocrite!!!!!!!!

    September 10, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. Linda

    Wow, this still has to be one of the most childish and nasty outbursts ever but, the Reslugs are well known for terrible outbursts of complete stupidity, being poor losers, just saying "NO" and now proving they are totally irrelevant to anything that needs to be fixed.

    September 10, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  14. Mike O

    As compared to Bush's 2005 State of the Union?

    September 10, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  15. Rick Miller

    I am from Carmel Indiana, a fairly conservative comunity but I am a centrist who voted for Barack Obama. I want to see Wilson censured and then voted out of office next year so I will be donating to Rob Miller's campaign. Wilson's outburst just typifies the Rebublican approach to this debate over healthcare these past several months and I am SICK OF IT!!!

    September 10, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  16. leslie

    wilson"you lie"

    September 10, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  17. ray

    on god's earth anyone with some honesty, please, please tell me that this congressman is not a racists. please tell me . one look at this man's face tells you he is a racists like so many republicans. to name a few, the two senators from texas, session and coryn. i will say all republicans are racists so is cnn.

    September 10, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  18. Tom

    It's a shame when a prisident is telling the country what he is planning to do about health care and mambers of congress act like highschool students and holler at him. It's a sad state of this country when we can't pull together and work something out. I think people need to grow up and start working on the problem rather than adding to it.

    September 10, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  19. You dissemble!

    The president warned critics of his health care plan that he would call them out.

    Apparently Joe Wilson beat him to the punch.

    September 10, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  20. Butch/Good News, MA

    Where was the outrage when a sitting U.S. President had a shoe thrown at him during a press conference last year? The liberals laughed it off.

    September 10, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  21. VP

    Self immolation

    September 10, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  22. mccrazy

    'you lie' is basically the republican story the last 10 years.

    September 10, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  23. Sandy

    Sadly, this lack of respect and this mob like mentality has taken hold all over the Country, with politicians and talking heads leading the charge.
    The GOP and others are crossing a very dangerous line and attempting to incite tempers.
    Outbursts and behavior like like this should be reprimanded and hopefully, educated level-headed opponents will replace these new political "thugs" because of their inexcusable antics.
    It is time for the people who elected our President to outwit these nitwits. The pen is always mightier than the sword. Make a difference, vote these men out of office.

    September 10, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  24. Tim Sull

    Another Republican politician abruptly ends career. He can always find a job on Fox News.

    September 10, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  25. Juanita Shoemaker

    I thought the Republican demonstrations last night during the President's speech were disrespectuful and rude. They talked loudly and even shouted at the president–waving papers in the air as it fo make some kind of point. When the President addresses both houses of Congress, it is an important, stately occasion. I wonder what the fallout would have been had the Democrats acted in such a manner when Bush was speaking in a joint assembly. I don't care what your views or politics, when you are elected by the people to represent them in a dignified manner, you had better do so or risk facing the consequences.

    September 10, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
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