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. John

    Sandbox Issues. May this bunch should all be sent back to Kindergarten to learn how to get along, rather that us having to listen to all this whining.

    September 25, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |

    What a bunch of do nothing dragging their feet these Republicans are Perhaps they should read the bills instead of bashing it first or lying THIS PARTY IS SO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SICKENING!

    September 25, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. zap01

    Ok... And what is your proposal to fix healthcare? I do not want the government telling me how to discipline my children; I DO want to government fixing the pot holes. Healthcare is a pot hole people!

    September 25, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Robin

    It's more of a smoke screen.

    September 25, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. Steve (the real one)

    Agreed! I remember a little campaign promise to give us regular folk a five day review period for any bill before it was signed into law. I have not seen that happen just once! Not with stimulous or anything else! Another promise unkept!

    September 25, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. Kettle, meet pot

    So, when the GOP had the majority and ramrodded legislation through, that was all just hunky dory. Sucks to be the minority now, doesn't it?

    Wilson and Boehner are just like the playground bully saying "he hit me first"

    It is really too bad that the GOP has to stoop so low to pander to fear. It won't work any more fellas, get back to the work of the people, and let the big moneyed interests rest.

    September 25, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. jasmine h.

    Honestly i agree with him. We as americans have a right to know what is actually going on. Money is hard to come by and if this bill isnt giving the people what it really needs there is no point in passing it. I really want to know how much and how this is going to improve our nation.

    September 25, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. JR

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

    We already do Wilson, the GOP is fiction and the democrats are fact.

    September 25, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. A Democrat of 51 years who has finally got smart to their follishness.

    Right on Rep. Wilson. There is many people out here behind you. We do not condemn you for speaking up at the Moron's speach. Someone needs to call his idioacy.

    September 25, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. curious

    I suspect every time it happens, Mr. Boner, folks wonder why you don't get out of the tanning booth and keep up with the legislation as it unfolds. Or are you too busy entertaining, or accepting free entertainment, from all of your special interest, big business lobbyists buddies?

    September 25, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  11. Tom in Delaware

    Is it great that Wilson raised 2 million + and counting after CNN update hourly the amount of money his oppent was raising?

    Where's the story on the failed Transparency of the Obama administration?

    I seem to remember you guys breaking your arms patting youreslves on the backs because of the great jobs you were all GOING to do, well no that you have yet to do it, what do you have to say?

    September 25, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. John G

    Too late Mr Boehner. Thanks to Speaker Pelosi, Senator Reid, President Obama and the rest of his administration, I have already lost all faith and trust in Congress until the 2010 elections at least.

    September 25, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. Axl in Iowa

    You go Wilson.

    Fox News RULES.

    September 25, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. Jacob

    A Republican pointing a finger for being secretive and misleading??? this has got to be a joke!

    September 25, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. Independent Mind

    Is this a joke? OH I see he's continuing to try and cash in on being an ass. CNN why do you ask to be considered a viable News Source when you air garbage like this? HE and other Republicans are misleading the American people. The language in the bill explicitly states that no illegals will be eligible. It is plain as day black and white and so what is the republican response........MAKE SOMETHING UP OR INSIGHT SOME KIND OF FEAR!!! I tell you, the More Republicans are looking more and more like THE AMERICAN TALIBAN! Gun slinging, bible thumping, idiots

    September 25, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. Truth Teller

    Ahhhh Shut up!! WIlson, you've opened your mouth once too often.

    September 25, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  17. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Sorry this is actually old news, it was one of Obama's campaign promises, which of course were just lies. Liberals lie with impunity, the dope smokers love it.

    September 25, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. Danny

    I guess no one figured you knew how to read Joe.

    September 25, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  19. Texas Doc

    I dunno maybe it was a good idea to rush into war with Iraq, or run the entire American economy into the ground, or spy on Americans, of totallt politicize the justice department, or torture people. Rep. Wilson, you are calling out the Democrats for trying to pass legislation that the Majority of Americans agree with? Please tell me you are joking.

    September 25, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. Ken from missouri

    This guy is such a moron the house and the senate have already
    agreed to put their final bills online before the last vote ,the reason he wants this is so republicans can slow the bills down and pick out small things to scare people with he better realize the american people are smarter than he thinks.

    September 25, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. katiec

    Spoken like a typical republican.
    They have had time, they wouldn't vote for anything regardless of
    it's merits. Is anyone getting as tired of their tactics as I am?
    Is anyone else as upset with their plans to destroy our president,
    consequently us and our country?
    Can anyone support a party that consists of hypocrasy, lies, fear
    mongering, inciting radicals and racists, that has thrown away all
    integrity and honor?
    A political party that is making our process look irresponsible,
    incompetent and incapable to the rest of the world?
    A party that will not acknowledge or take responsibility for the diasters they are responsible for?
    They should be ashamed and embarressed, but, of course,
    they are not.
    Are there any good republicans out there and, if so, why are they
    not speaking out against the ridiculous, damaging behavior
    of the peers??

    September 25, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. Denis

    Ah!!! Go Fish

    September 25, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  23. Bottom Line!!!

    Joe you are a LIE and a FOOL!!!!

    September 25, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  24. Emmanuel Duro

    "Pot calling the kettle black".

    Joe Wilson is the liar, a disgrace to the legal profession and if not for the legislative immunity, should have been censored by the South Carolina bar association. How dare him calling others on the carpet.
    look at the state he represent, what is the state of healthcare for the poor, minorities and non-privileged?
    Joe should just search his concience if he has any and put aside political gains.

    So "rude Joe" Shut up and participate, if not interested then get out of congress to go make a living, see how that feel.

    September 25, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. R.B.

    No, actually, the trust of the American people is undermined only when an OVERWHELMING majority of the American people voted for progressive CHANGE and a DEPARTURE from the radically regressive conservative rhetoric and utter intellectual void of Bush years and the GOP is doing everything it can to thwart that CHANGE.

    The world is laughing at us. UNITED WE STAND used to mean somehting once an election was clearly decided and over. The rest is pettiness, lies, and red herrings.

    September 25, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
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