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. The Republicans are DIVIDING our great country!

    Wilson is going down. I am hearing so many Americans who are now waking up to the hate of the right- They are now seeing the racism from the Tea partiers and Wilson. Obama's poll numbers are slowly creeping up again. It's about time...

    September 13, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. Di

    Obama was to unify US. He is tearing our country apart! United we stand, divided we fall!

    September 13, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  3. Robbi

    Wilson's behavior was an affront to the people, the President, and the Congress. An effort at an apology to the President is insufficient. He owes Congress and the people an apology as well. I find the current trend of descent into slime and swill in American politics and public life to be abhorent. Name-calling, threats, smears; this is beneath us all. Our elected officials must take the high-ground, set the standard for discourse, and serve as role models. Mr. Wilson failed utterly to do so.

    September 13, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. Debby

    I just read the part of the bill if illegal aliens want insurance they can buy into it. If they are illegal how is this possible hahahaha. Leave it to the Dumbocrats yet again.

    September 13, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  5. Paula

    Odumbo was campaigning again and used the sacred congress to do it. Joe was right. He as been lying since he first started running for the office and continues to this day. Just about everything that comes out of bo's mouth is a lie. About time someone called him on it.
    Obama seems to have a problem with guys named Joe.

    You rock Joe!

    September 13, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  6. Rita OHIO

    I am tired of these politicians, pundits, etc. always using the tic for tac argument.
    Joe Wilson was WRONG. He showed he has no respect for the office of the President and encourages citizens to behave in the same insane way he has.
    Additionally, he has been proven WRONG! Republicans are so concerned with the hypothetical that they forget to take into account reality! Senator (a term I used loosely) read the facts!

    September 13, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. makesUwonder

    Good for you Rep. Joe Wilson!!!! I stand behind you 110%.

    September 13, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. Joe Black

    The GOP used to be all about fighting terrorism, then they lost the election, and from that day forward, they have become terrorists themselves. Total cowards, and disgraces to America.

    September 13, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. greg

    I see were the race card is being play a lot. A white man calls a Black a liar and the white guy is racist. Please people if it were the other way around and happen in the congress we would not be hearing this much about it. Remember Maxine D-CA that the CIA and Regan are infecting black people with aids. calling a man a lair is a lot different than accuseing one of Murder.

    September 13, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  10. carolyn

    I am an Independent. So I am super mindful of actions of all politicians. But, as I watched the other night, something came to mind when I saw the group of Republicans sitting together, 'grumpy old men'!! All slouched over and sitting cockeyed in their seats. Very disheveled!

    I believe there are Republicans that can't read! Seriously. They listen to lies and innuendos and spout off without getting the facts. They start rumors or plant the seeds. Very immature.

    I agree with some of the other posts, Joe Wilson got his 'seconds' of fame, albeit by acting like a spoiled child in a setting of political elite (which he apparently is not) and across our Nation on TV. If he wanted to make a point with some credibility, why not do it with some class!??

    September 13, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. DennisG

    He should at least apologize to his constituents for the things he won't be bringing to his state now that he'll NEVER get any legislation of any sort through again. Also he needs to be aware that he's going to be constantly watched because, as a fine example of a GOPer he's guaranteed to have something he doesn't want the country to know about, be it a little number in Argentina, a penchant for young male pages or maybe a few bad habits that come out in airport restrooms!

    September 13, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. Kana

    If you haven't figured it out yet, a prerequisite for being elected to public office is to be able to lie and deceive .

    September 13, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  13. Dan, TX

    Yes to health reform. It must be passed this year.

    1) No pre-existing condition exclusions.
    2) No loss of insurance when you lose/change jobs (cost will increase from $400 to $1600 a month, but at least you can keep it).
    3) No difference in insurance cost based on age/gender/health
    4) No discrimination against age means we can eliminate medicare.

    September 13, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  14. Sabrina

    Aron- you need to look in the mirror-–Do you know all these people? think before you comment. Please stop calling people racist because they disagree with Obama, I disagreed with Bush, also but was'nt called a racist. Wilson was wrong he did apologized now get back to work.

    September 13, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  15. clifford in New York

    Big Dog September 13th, 2009 10:45 am ET

    GOP = KKK

    Pure and simple.

    Just playing the race card back at ya! How do you like it so far?

    September 13, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. David

    Joe Wilson is a fool and his ignorance will undoubtedly get the better of him eventually.

    September 13, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  17. benjamin

    He should never apoligized to Obama, Obama has lied since day one and is still lieing today!. Obama should hang his head in shame
    and resign as an ill fitted president and should be investigated along with his baby ACORN. Joe should not say i am sorry to the whinny Obama and his Pelosi and Biden.

    September 13, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  18. Brian52

    When Barney Frank's live-in manfriend ran a prostitution ring at Barney's DC home, should he have apologized to Obama?

    September 13, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  19. Jm279

    Everyone on here calling him a racist is racist. You are all nothing but racists who aren't capable of seeing anything other than through your prism of racism. RACISTS! RACISTS!

    September 13, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. SNAPPA

    What can you say about a disrespectful right wing moron? This is insulting to America when you disrespect the office of the President which is exactly what Wilson did. There is a time and a place for comments, that wasn't one of them.

    Imagine if a Democrat had shouted "LIAR" to President Bush while he addressed congress and stated many of the now proven lies that he did? There would have been an outcry never before heard in the land. The double standard that the right wing lives by is truly self serving and has nothing to do with the well being of the people or the country of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA they put it to shame whenever one of them opens their mouths.

    September 13, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  21. RB

    Congrats to Joe Wilson for having calling out Obama's near endless string of lies. If a President chooses to deliver a partisan campaign speech at a joint session of congress and have partisan Dems leap to their feet with applause on cue, then he also should be prepared for negative reaction from the floor. Congressman Wilson was right on target – – and right on his reaction.

    September 13, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  22. johnrj08

    THE FIRST TIME I ever saw overt disrespect for the presidency was during the Clinton State of the Union when Tom Delay and his sidekicks sat stone-faced and silent, even when the President said something that should have been supported by ALL Americans. But, even that behavior falls far short of the Joe Wilson's Tourette's-like remark.

    FIRST OF ALL, Joe Wilson is an avowed racist and a member of the Sons of the Confederacy. He idolized Strom Thurmond and would say or do anything, no matter how outrageous, to de-legitimize the presidency of Barack Obama. For that reason alone, he should be rebuked by the Congress.

    SECONDLY, let's get this straight. Joe Wilson never apologized to the President. He said that he did what his party leaders asked him to do. THEN, he proceeded to justify his behavior by explaining why he thought the president lied. Of course, in the process, he got none of his facts straight.

    FINALLY, the Republican Party and Joe Wilson are using the separate and highly complex issue of Illegal Immigration to derail health care reform by demanding that immigrants applying for coverage provide some kind of proof of citizenship, such as an identity card. Then, in true Southern Confederacy tradition, Wilson demands that the states be given the authority to handle this. Right. Just like they handled the slavery issue.

    THE REPUBLICAN PARTY is becoming a danger to our republic with its tacit approval and sometimes open support of its lunatic fringe.

    September 13, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. Lynne

    Joe the Politician has the same credibility as Joe the Plumber..exactly the type of person the media likes to promote because it makes it easier to get ratings and advertising dollars than to actually investigate and present thoroughly and accurately the consequences of the health care crisis facing the country.

    Yhen they will whine that Pres. Obama has lost the media's attention on health care when it is media's editorial decision what story to promote....Overlooked is the president's acceptance of the apology and his comments "that everyone makes mistakes".

    September 13, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  24. Chuck

    How can the Republican and rightwing rhetoric be so over the top and harsh against a new President who has been in office for such a short period of time. Those people must have prepared for this prior to the potential election of this man. I feel that these tea party goers, along with the talk show hosts, namely, Lumbaugh, Beck, Hannity, Coulter etc, including politicians like Michelle Bachman, Jim Demint, Joe Wilson, etc. etc. have shown themselves to be unpatriotic, un-a merican, bigoted, intolerant, ignorant, and, racist.

    September 13, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  25. David S

    These comments prove that America is history. We'll never be united as a country again. You can shove your Dem -vs- Con arguments where the sun doesn't shine!!!

    September 13, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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