September 25th, 2009
01:15 PM ET
13 years ago

Wilson accuses Dems of misleading the public

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Rep. Joe Wilson sent a fundraising email to Republicans on Friday.'"]
WASHINGTON (CNN)– The man made famous for shouting 'you lie!' at President Obama is now making his pitch to Republican voters in a new e-mail accusing Democrats of being secretive and misleading the public to advance their health care agenda.

"Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats have continually rushed major legislation to a vote to ensure little to no public scrutiny," Wilson writes in the e-mail sent out by the National Republican Congressional Committee Friday.

According to Wilson, Republicans have asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to post 'major legislation' online for a minimum of 72 hours before votes are tallied so citizens have the opportunity to read the legislation.

"If we succeed, Americans can finally separate fact from fiction," He added.

On Thursday, Rep. John Boehner, the House minority leader, also criticized Democrats for continuing what he characterized as hurried efforts to force through their legislative proposals.

The American people "know that this majority, especially on major bills this year, haven't given lawmakers much of any time to actually read the bill," said Boehner, R-Ohio. "Each time this happens, the trust the American people have in their Congress is undermined."

Wilson's e-mail went on to encourage donations to the NRCC.

"If we can raise more money than the Democrats, we'll send a message to Pelosi, Obama, and their friends that the American people are firmly behind the Republicans in opposition to government-run healthcare," he wrote.

Since his September 9 outburst during Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress, Wilson has raised over $2 million for his re-election campaign.

"Democrats don't want you reading their healthcare bill – or any other bill for that matter," Wilson writes. "Their legislative agendas will do nothing more than grow the government, raise you taxes and squash individual freedom."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday House Democrats need further negotiations before bringing a final version of a health care bill to debate before the full chamber.

–Ed Hornick contributed to this post.

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soundoff (190 Responses)
  1. Larry

    Hey Joe ...

    If you want to point at someone and accuse them of lying to the people, and being misleading ... try looking in the mirror while screaming your boring rants

    At least then you would be accurate ...

    Go wrap yourself in your racist confederate flag

    September 25, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. sam Datum

    I think Wilson has a valid point. This is an opportunity to use "our" majority position to pass legislation that we will appreciate when we are once again in the minority. When the Republicans were in the majority, I didn't trust them, why should they trust the Democrats? To me, it sounds fine.

    September 25, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. David in MO

    How about we trade one illegal alien each for every whining, selfish, racist, unpatriotic Republican? We can send them to Iran. They can get the theocratic political system they want and we will get new, hard working citizens that have always been the backbone of this great country. Sounds like a fair trade deal to me 🙂

    September 25, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. Farrell in Houston

    Has anybody noticed that Joe Wilson looks like a low level functioning person. Somebody needs to check his I.Q. from the day he was born.

    September 25, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. Carl

    The liberals don't want anyone to read the BILLS.WHY,BECAUSE IF THEY DID THEY WOULD NOT VOTE FOR THE INSANE BILLS.

    September 25, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. maria

    No you lie and so does Fox News .

    September 25, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. Jim

    Gosh I didn't notice any Republicans wanting to take their time on the Patriot Act (published an hour before the vote) or on the vote to go to war in Iraq (to make sure we get it right).

    September 25, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  8. JayG

    Please tell me how you hypocryte DEMS in here explain the fact that this administration campaigned on the fact of transparency and yet voted down transparency in the house???????? this administration will do more damage in 1 term than Liberals say Bush did in 2.

    September 25, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  9. trish

    Joe you need to go crawl back in the hole you came out of,Your a disgrace!!

    September 25, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  10. David

    The text of H.R.3200 has been on the web for over a month already. The Senate Finance Committee Version is on the web now. People have much more than 72 hours to read as much as they want to. Yes, there are amendments but keeping up with amendments is far less reading than trying to tackle the whole thing. For members of Congress, reading this stuff isn't something that is done after work. Reading this stuff is their FULL TIME JOB. They have plenty of time to read it.

    The 'I don't have time to read it' nonsense reminds me of behavior you might see from a third grader. The Grand Obstructionist Party is making up excuses to delay progress.

    September 25, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  11. freda

    John Wilson does not qualify to talk to anyone about anything. He calculated his performance with the disrespect he exhibited to President Obama so now is the time for him to SHUT UP. He got what he was after – attention and money. Now it's time for him to put the money in his pockets and GO AWAY. He lied about it being spontaneous and he's still lying.

    Wilson did not respectfully apologize. He said "the council told me..." In other words, he only did it because he was told what to say by the council. Otherwise, had he not been "told" he would not have apologized. Why should he – he orchestrated that drama.

    September 25, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  12. Mike in MN

    What a bunch of idiots who are claiming the bill has already been posted. The final version does not even exist yet. Read the last line of the article.
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday House Democrats need further negotiations before bringing a final version of a health care bill to debate before the full chamber.
    And once the bill is debated, it will be modified again before the House votes on it. And the Senate will create and pass their own version. And then the House version and Senate version will have to be merged into one bill. Each of these bills should be posted at least 3 days before they are voted on. And not a single one exists yet.
    Will Pelosi post the bills for at least 3 days before the House votes, not if she can help it I bet.

    September 25, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  13. Aubrey

    How did this Rep. Wilson suddenly go from obscure to relevant just by being disrespectful? He (like Palin) just needs to crawl back to his cave and fear-monger himself.

    September 25, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  14. ROC

    Joe..Joe..Joe, you haven't learned

    You need to keep your mouth shut

    September 25, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  15. Tim

    Hey Joe!
    You have no respect for the Office of the President and you have no respect for your office as representative of the people of NC.
    You have no place in politics... but I'm sure you could get a job at Fox spitting out all kinds of un-substantiated claims against the Democrats.
    Do us all a favor and please resign from Congress, you are a phony and a disgrace to real politicians.

    September 25, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
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