September 25th, 2009
01:15 PM ET
12 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. Ryan in VA

    They need to hurry and slam that bill through before people catch on!!!

    September 25, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. Fitz in Texas

    The Dems always mislead the public. There are those of us that know this and there are those that don't..... they are called Democrats.

    September 25, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  3. Andi

    It's obvious to me, that Wilson's 'outburst' was pre-planned (how else could a camera have been trained on him at that EXACT moment). He's a 'nobody', low-level Representative that wanted exposure. It's also been shown by reputable sources that the issue Wilson claims is a lie, is anything but.

    There are too many people that just want to believe the worst about someone they don't like. That is very unfair, and no one can honestly say they want to be treated like that.

    September 25, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. Jethro

    Oh Joe, we're suppose to just dringk the KOOL AID like most posters on this site.

    September 25, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. Mike in MN

    Once again Wilson is spot on, just like when he yelled out to Obama 'you lie'. Hope he keeps up the good work.

    September 25, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. A. T.; Atlanta, GA

    What have those congress people called GOP have been doing on Capitol Hill so far to only criticize the Dems on Health care Bill for so many months? Are there even busy reading that bill or are they only busy criticizing others?

    September 25, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  7. Hardwood

    Trust in Congress? That's a joke!

    September 25, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  8. Michael

    Once again, the GOP seeks to discredit the opposition by accusing them of the same things they, the GOP, are guilty of. Rushing decisions to cover up misleading? Hmmmm, sounds familiar. Oh wait, wasn't that what got us into Iraq?

    Evil is as evil does, Mr. Wilson.

    September 25, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. Nea

    As far as im concerned the Democrats have to do whatever to get things done They see the Republicans are not trying to succeed in doing anything as far as health care Reform is concern.

    September 25, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  10. daniel

    Ah yes, the Republican party, God's party, the party of transparency. Sometimes I think the sheer amount of hypocrisy piling up is going to mount so high one day it will begin to lap at the throne of God, and the Almighty will bellow, "That's enough! That really chaps my divine arse!" and set to hurling a few thunderbolts or distributing some choice boils across offending behinds.

    September 25, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. Jack in Florida

    Whine, whine, whine.......your 15 minutes are up, Joe.

    September 25, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    Joe Wilson is full of it! The health care reform proposals have been worked on by bipartisan committees and HR 3200 is available to read on the Internet at a variety of Web sites, for goodness sake!

    If Republicans are too stupid or too lazy to read it, then that's their problem!

    Quit pandering to people's fears and ignorance, Wilson! The only thing you'll ever be remembered for is your rude behavior towards the President, because you're a loser!


    September 25, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. Michael Hsu

    Way to go, Joe! We need more representatives like him. He actually 'represents' the people, instead of pushing a personal agenda onto the public.

    P.S. Did you get my contribution?

    September 25, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  14. LacrosseMom(stuck in moderation)

    Why are you still in the news Wilson?

    September 25, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Aren't the delaying tactics of the Republicans getting a bit ridiculous? Has anyone figured out how much money the Insurance Companies make with each day that passes without as bill?

    September 25, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  16. David

    This should not even be up for any political discussion. No bill should be rushed through, period! And congress should be required to read all of it.

    September 25, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. GI Joe

    Approximately half a century is not rushing anything.

    Me thinks the republicans are trying very very hard to protect the insurance company profits.

    $12 Billiion in 2008
    $2 Billion in 2000

    Quite a profit - and increasing every year while claims are denied and premiums are going up.

    Follow the money, people.

    September 25, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. maf

    This continues to be soooo rich! Republicans talking about ramming legislation down the public throat. Such hypocrisy in everything the GOP have to say these days. Wilson and Boehner just need to keep opening their mouths to offend even more of the voters. When the Republicans do it, it's OK, but when the Democrats are trying to fix what the Party of No let go sour, it's foul.

    I can't wait for the 2010 and 2012 elections and this edition of the Grand Old Party can be voted into extinction. They will have to regroup and rebuild, because the only way they will be able to go is UP.

    Change we can believe in!!

    September 25, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. Kevin in Ohio

    Wilson speaks the truth. Boehner speaks the truth. WHY is Nancy Pelosi against a simple 72-hour window of review?????????? The ONLY conceivable reason is that she is attempting to ram whatever she can through before the American people even know what's hit them. Corruption and Lies are the hallmark of the liberals in Washington.

    September 25, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  20. Mike in MN

    I'm sure there will be a bunch on the left saying to the right, 'we won, get over it'. And then call the right cry babies and claim their opposition to Obama and the Dems is based on sour grapes and denial that they lost.
    Actually the left seems to be the ones who remain fixated on the last election. They are welcome to celebrate their victory as long as they want. But I don't think they understand how the political process works in America. The 08 election was not the end of the story. Those of us on the right know we lost in 08, that's old history. We are not looking back. We are looking ahead and are focused on the 2010 election and every single day in between.
    In the meantime the Democrats are in power and can pass any bill they want. The Republicans currently do not have enough power to stop them. All they can do is express opposition to Obama's policies that they do not believe are good for America and put forth their own positions on the issues.
    And those of us on the right are very encouraged by the current situation. Turns out that Obama is great at campaigns and speeches, but not so hot at governing and leadership. He can't even get health care passed in congress, even though his own party has more than enough votes to do so if the party was united. Maybe he will get it passed yet, but he has promised so much in all his health care speeches, it will be impossible to pass a bill that acutally delivers on all of them. Broken promises never play to well for re-election.
    And it probably would be a good idea for the Democrats to pass bills voters actually like. That hasn't worked to well for them so far.
    Tons of current polling shows the country is pretty much split down the middle on Obama's approval rating and support for his policies. This is a big move towards the right since the 08 election day. And polling shows a majority of independents disapprove of Obama and a majority of independents would prefer that Republicans control congress. Everyone knows that the direction a majority of independents are leaning determines if Democrats or Republicans win elections. So those of us on the right aren't wasting anytime fretting over the last election. We are felling pretty good about and fully engaged in the next one and doing whatever we can to influence what happens in Washington leading up to it. That's the way politics works in America. Each election is just the start of a new chapter, the story never ends and each day is a new page waiting to be written. The story is fluid, it does not end on the day of the last election.
    There is no guarantee in America that the party who won the last election will also win the next one. So the notion that the side that lost the last election will just stand down and offer no opposition when they disagree with the party in power is laughable. The current party in power holds only a temporary advantage, there will be no free pass from the opposition.

    September 25, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. Lola

    Wilson is a liar and is continuing to lie even in his statement that accuses Democrats of lying.

    Lie No. 1: ""If we succeed, Americans can finally separate fact from fiction." This is a lie becuase he would only separate his version of fact from his version of fiction – if you want people to believe this then start with the lies already told by your party (death panels would be a good start).

    Lie No. 2: "If we can raise more money than the Democrats, we'll send a message to..." This is another lie and relies upon the misguided belief that money equates to power. It is the basic republican stance that reveals their true motiviatoins: power and money.

    Lie No. 3: "Democrats don't want you reading their healthcare bill – or any other bill for that matter." Ridiculous. if the health care bill was passed without anyone reading it there would be an uproar from both parties. This is a moronic statement and needs a full rebuttal. This is demonstrates the "us vs. them" mentality that is dividing our country and driving us into ruin.

    Lie No. 4: "Their legislative agendas will do nothing more than grow the government, raise you taxes and squash individual freedom."
    Broad statements that rely upon well-known republican talking points and fear are useless. Explain – or at least try. A detailed explanation from Wilson is called for, and I would like to know what he is basing those board statement on (no beck or rush-speak allowed). I know how you could prove this Wilson – explain how government was not expanded under Bush, how Bush didn't raise taxes and how the Patriot Act didn't squash individual freedom.

    September 25, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. Dave in Albuquerque

    Sad commentary on the Republican Party, that its new star is someone whose only claim to fame is a moment of loss of self-control. Does anyone else out there wish for the return of the party of Eisenhower and Reagan?

    September 25, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  23. Young independent

    blah blah blah blah, whine whine whine!!!! seriously no wonder why people voted the repubs out in 2006 and 2008. It just really annoying and make me just not want to care about politics anymore if this is what it's coming down to

    September 25, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. Oblunder Promised It

    Obama made this a campaign promise and has not fulfilled it.

    September 25, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  25. midwest liberal

    Dear Representative Wilson:
    You're 15 minutes of fame expired a 2 weeks ago.

    September 25, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
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