September 13th, 2009
10:40 AM ET
11 years ago

Wilson says no more apologies for outburst against president

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson said Sunday that he will not apologize again for his recent outburst during the president's address to Congress."]
(CNN) - Rep. Joe Wilson said Sunday he will not apologize again for yelling out that President Barack Obama lied during the president's speech to Congress last week.

"I am not going to apologize again," the South Carolina Republican said on "FOX News Sunday" when asked about pending disciplinary steps against him by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.

Wilson said he already apologized to Obama and that the president accepted it. However, he insisted that Obama "was mis-stating the facts," and that Democratic leaders in the House were "playing politics" by continuing to focus on the issue.

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  1. Pegasus

    Joe Wilson, you are right that there shouldn't be another apology forthcoming because you have already apologized once. However, I feel that your apology was not sincere and not from your heart. Because if it was a sincere apology, you would shut your mouth and move on. But because of your arrogancy in saying that "you will not be muzzled", then there needs to be consequences for your ridiculous and disrespectful outburst against the president of the u.s. and his office.

    September 13, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. katiec

    The republican party has totally lost it.
    The disrespect, anger, hate, fear mongering, big business first pushed and supported by them are no longer acceptable. The
    American people demand creditibility from politicians and they have to start putting the survival of our country and us first.
    The definition of terrorists are those who want to destroy a country by any means possible.
    The republicans are on their way to becoming our most dangerous domestic terrorists.

    September 13, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  3. Rick

    Were I the Right Honorable Congressman Joe Wilson, I'd stand in the well of the House and tell Pelosi and the rest of her communist colleagues they could all kiss my white rear....and laugh about it.

    September 13, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. sandy

    We don't need people like Wilson i Washington. NO ONE should show disrespect for President no matter who that might be while on the floor of Congress. Whether you like him or not or whether you agree with him or not, HE IS THE PRESIDENT and deserves the respect of that office.

    September 13, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  5. Ruty

    This man should apologize to the nation for making us look like a third world country. He has no respect for himself or this nation. He takes lots of money from insurance companies and drug companies for his campaigns. THAT is why he dosen't want this bill to pass. Wake up people and listen. This man is your typical republican trying to fool the people once again. Please don't fall for it. I AM a republican but I can see right through this silly mess. The rich white man has screwed this country for over 2 hundred years. It is time for the people to stop listening to them and get some balls. Don't let them screw this up for the average man again. We need this health care bill to pass.

    September 13, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. dave

    well Cnn enough of this wilson story.why not talk about the false reporting about the coast guard on 9/11/09.Explain to the American people?All you talk about is Sarah palin,so -call Gop Tea baggers,Death panels .You have become just like Fox network.Bias,Bias.Thats why you are losing viewership.

    September 13, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. Werner from Canada

    It's sad to see the depths that people will sink to, or what method they will use to achieve the same, when they have an agenda. It's a sad case indeed when politics and even normal human interaction sink to Jerry Springer-esque levels.
    Everybody is so keen on their right to say whatever they want – but no one seems to take responsibility for what comes out of their mouth. It may be your right to say something...but you better be prepared for the heat when you do.

    September 13, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. Buddy Gilmour

    Joe Wilson looks ready-made to lead the Tea Party folks, similarly Sarah Palin. The only question is, when does this group of malcontents and miscreants turn violent. The direction set by Lee Atwater and Ronald Reagan with their "Southern Strategy" has ruined the GOP as an American political party, it now resembles a dangerous rabble more than anything else. Thinking folks like Colin Powell and other will now leave the GOP, as their rational conservative perspectives are no longer wanted by the GOP rank and file, which is firmly within the power of the media talking heads who inflame with resentment and hate.

    September 13, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. minnie

    Good for Wilson. I agree with him. Think back to all the times that Democrats have done this.

    Go Wilson

    September 13, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. not my type of christian

    This man is not one bit sorry for what he said. What is this country coming to? I have never seen such hated that is coming out of the christian right. How can we call ourselves a christian country when we want to ban some people from getting health care when they are hurt or dying. Talk about death squads. Why don't we just go around and shot all the illegal aliens, it would be quicker than what this man would do, deny them hospital care. And repubs want us to believe they support life! What would Jesus do? He would not call these people christians!!

    September 13, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  11. horizon

    The GOP in whole are nothing but narrow minded, rich, backwards losers. They don't have any agendas or progressive ideas, nor do they want to step up to the plate and present any. They just continue to sling the same old whiney, outdated, useless garbage that's cost them everything to date. They are simply just too stupid to figure out that so may of the American people are sick of them.
    Joe Wilson is a perfect example. He stands proud and spews about how stupid he is. He is in fact a prime example of the government waste of taxpayer dollars.

    September 13, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  12. Ryan, Council Bluffs

    Other than trying to appease liberals there was no reason to apologize. The Democrats unitedly booed Bush in 94. (You can watch it on YouTube) I can't recall apologies from that.

    September 13, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  13. Joe Sena

    yeah really folks, this thing is done. yeah he was wrong but this continuation is ridiculous and close to hypocrisy if not there already. now both sides better learn to behave or we centrists are gonna turn this government around and go back to england.

    September 13, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. Kevin

    What I want to know is why does Rep. Joe Wilson hate America?

    September 13, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  15. Willy Brown

    Good. Obama is a liar.

    September 13, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. Ernie in LA

    That is great. At least he did it once. That is more than Obama did for the Cambridge cop for calling him stupid. Race has nothing to do with it.

    September 13, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |

    gop makes want to puke. how about some solutions fellas?

    September 13, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  18. CR

    The jerk never sincerely apologized. Whined he was pressured, insisted he was right (and he's wrong on the facts), and immediately tried to fund raise. Not the kind of character we need in public office.

    September 13, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  19. rick

    so obama's republican made up lie... is bigger than than Bush's REAL lie that sent American soldiers to DIE??? how is this possible?

    September 13, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  20. Liberals are retarded


    GWB got heckled at congressional meeting or two, and nobody lost any sleep over that.

    I have donated $$$ to Joe Wilson's cause to help get the lib.tards out of power.

    September 13, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  21. sandy

    Ya know, just think about what a great example these folks are providing for our country's children. You spend years telling kids, that just can't say what's on their mind when ever they want. They need to think before they talk! And what about the whole education speech to school kids? Advocating the kids skip school? What kind of message is that to kids? I just think these guys (gals) are just getting out of hand. Scary.

    September 13, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  22. Henry

    Joe "you lie" Wilson has now been picked up by the right wing fringe as their poster child. He was never heard from before but now must step up so he can rally support from his redneck constituents. Time will tell whether this previously unassuming man can handle the weight of his "improved" role.
    Trust me when I say that Joe really does not like all this attention. A good man gone shrill.

    September 13, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  23. joe m

    talk about the politics of distarction. for the ultra-left keeping this incident in the front pages is a good way to get americans not to focus on the details that thye've been demanding to know. the afront was to the president, who received and, in behavior that should be emulated by the left, garciously accepted. why are most amrecians no longer confident in the job being done by our political leaders? here is one example of the thousands of reasons. enough already and let us focus on actually getting something productive done.

    September 13, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. beverly

    So, Wilson voted for illegal immigrant health care in 2003. He back talked the President of US, his commander in chief, during a nation/internationally accessible joint session. EVERY GOP member practically disowned him and made him apologize – which he did. Then came the 'I will not be muzzled' speech (who was muzzling him – the GOP?). Come to find out ever major media, and political fact checking organization found that Wilson – yes WILSON was not telling the truth with his out burst. NOW, he wants to take back his apology and still believes Obama is a liar. The man needs mental health care and stat.

    Hey Wilson – What about your 2003 vote FOR healthcare for illegals? Did you think we wouldn't find out?

    September 13, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  25. slenon

    Wilson will drop what ever he's doing to apologize to LImbaugh for apologizing to Obama.

    The GOP and its racist, fundamentalist, anti-intellectual base are more likely to destroy this nation than any foreign power or terrorist agent.

    September 13, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
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