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. pot meet kettle

    So Mr. Wilson accuses the Democrats of doing what his party, the Republicans did for nearly 8 years under Bush. But I forgot! It's ok for the Republicans to do it, right Joe?

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

    Wuahh Wuahh..Grow up Mr Wilson, stop crying and do something positive for your Country

    September 25, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. bess

    as we all know, the "transparency" promised by Obama during his campaign was just another vote-getting ploy. one of his best promises was touting that bills would be posted online for 5 days for the public to review. yah.... right.

    September 25, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. Nomoreteabaggers

    Joe Wilson – What are you being secretive about? Got any secret memberships in hate groups we should know about?

    September 25, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. brian

    Was it that long ago that President Bush and the Republicans were passing any major bill they wanted with not even an attempt at bipartisanship? And then there were his many "signing statments" ... just another example of republicans crying foul over things they have already routinely done themselves. After the last 8 years, I pretty much don't believe a thing the repubs say.

    September 25, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. DickCheneyTheMadharchodh

    We have NO TRUST in Boehner OR Cantor OR Lamas.

    The problem is outbursts like yours display clearly that you are "emotional" and more passionate for Politics than for Public Cause.

    So why don't you just shut up and not talk about transparency and online documents and shet 'cause the current administration is doing WAY MORE than the Cheney Administration did (where were your arses when the trillion dollar deficit was getting piled up in the last 8 years – huh????)

    September 25, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. calv1n

    Does that dynamic include passage of the Patriot Act? Where were you then, Joe Blowhard?

    September 25, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. Lisa P

    "If we succeed, Americans can finally separate fact from fiction," [Wilson] added.

    But I don't need any help with that. Anything Wilson or Boehner says? Fiction 😛

    September 25, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  9. Navy Vet

    Yep, the Dems don't want people reading the bill. That's why they have it available for download in dozens of online democratic websites.

    Of course who knows what we'll end up with considering the several hundred amendments that the Republicans want in it.

    Joe Wilson YOU LIE!!!!

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

    Just another stall tactic by the GOP. They don't have any solutions, so they stall. Mr. Wilson, instead of whining, how about be part of the solution!!

    September 25, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  11. calv1n

    P. S. And Boehner. This goes for you as well, you hack.

    September 25, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. Reagan was wrong

    The Glenn Beck Paranoia express has a new passenger.

    September 25, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. Politically incorrect

    Joe don't all politicians lie?

    September 25, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. sick and tired

    This has all been a ploy by the Republican party to raise money. Rep. Wilson planned his outburst to help raise money for his campaign. If it wasn't his reason behind his disrespectful act he wouldn't be fundraising and still asking for more money.

    September 25, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. Sean

    Oh, congressman.... you need to raise more money right? You know, in order to distract others of your own wrongdoings, is to put the blame on others first, so that others will be investigated, and you can safely hide away... and people will be tired after finding no tie to your allegation, and they will not bother to investigate you. This is very similar to ACORN... no charges have been made on ACORN for election fraud.... so what does these people do? They acted like prostitutes.... to the folly of those uneducated fews.... who advised to prostitute or carry out tax fraud.... yes... the Republicans are really smart people, and yet they cannot find any faults with voters' frauds! Of coruse, they cannot admit they're wrong themselves..... Joe Wilson using the same tactic...

    September 25, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  16. Mike in jax

    You LIE joe

    September 25, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  17. FRANK, Las Vegas

    The only ones misleading the American public is the GOP, mostly with outright lies. Anyone who has ever read actual langage of bills knows that the average person would not know what it was saying with all of the references to other laws (by numbers) etc. No one would get through it. Bills are noy written in plain language and the GOP knows it, it's just another misrepresentation by the GOP.

    The GOP LIES!

    September 25, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. John

    Before these Republicans Speak, they Should Realize:

    1. They FAILED in the LAST 8 YEARS.
    2. Democrates were Elected, because the GOP FAILED.
    3. Democrats were Elected by the MAJORITY of Americans.
    4. In a Democratic Country, it is always the say of the MAJORITY.
    5. No Magician on Earth can Fix the Screw up of 8 Years in just 8 Months.
    6. A FAILED PERSON cannot have any BASIS, LOGIC OR GENESIS to give SUGGESTION or ADVISE to others.
    7. A FAILED PERSON should just SHUT UP or they will be branded as IDIOTS.

    September 25, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. Idiot_Pelosi

    Pelosi is a joke.

    She will be removed from office.

    She continues to embarass herself.

    September 25, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. Sick of GOP whinning

    Wah, Wah, Wah ..... quit crying. Joe you're just a big baby and, quite frankly, not mature enough to represent anyone.

    September 25, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. John

    Why could not have been done before when the GOP had the majority?????

    September 25, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. Ron

    Never heard of Joe Wilson until he had his moment of infamy. Now CNN and the rest of the media cover everything he says? The lesson in this is: do something, anything, outrageous. Then you will get all kinds of coverage from the media–which is, sadly, primarily concerned with fanfare and entertainment.

    September 25, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. john u

    They've had plenty of time to read the bills by now (they were whining about this weeks ago)....better go back to elementry school to learn how to read at adult speed. No wonder they whined about Obama's education speech....looks like being educated isn't their forte.

    September 25, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. Expat American

    Rep. Wilson is correct. The American public has been misled into believing that he is nothing more than just some 'Country First' slack jaw trailer park bigot. His kind are a dime-a-dozen; kind of like cockroaches and sewer crickets.

    Too late for him. There is nothing more sad than an 'outed' white trash redneck who can't hide behind 'Republican Values'.

    September 25, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. Howard Madenberg

    This outrage from a man who publicly defended a pedophile. Actually said the victims from Strom Thumonds rape should have not brought the fact he raped litle girls publicv

    September 25, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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