South Carolina Republican Congressman Joe Wilson has become an overnight political celebrity as a result of his outburst during President Obama’s speech when he yelled ‘you lie.”
“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 insists his apology was accepted by the President and Vice President, but maintains his position the Obama “was misstating the facts” and the Democratic leaders are “playing politics” by continuing to discuss his outburst any further.
Wilson issued a statement about that Sunday, saying, “The American people are fed up with the political games in Washington, and I refuse to participate in an effort to divert our attention away from the task at hand of reforming health insurance and creating new jobs.”
While the healthcare debate has been a hot topic, Wilson’s stance of health care for illegal immigrants have sent a new wave of sensation to the Republicans refusal to pass Obama’s health care reform proposals.
Democrats, however, were quick in their efforts to quell the upset behind the notion of illegal immigrants receiving full health insurance by way of taxpayer dollars. Meanwhile, many republicans believe the proposal holds no regulatory mechanism to screen citizenship requirements.
While Wilson won’t use the word “lie” in reference to the President’s remarks, he says “I believe he was misstating the facts.”
In addition, Wilson has posted a Web video that asks for campaign cash to fend off attacks from political opponents.
Immediately after Obama’s speech Wednesday, Wilson issued a statement that apologized for inappropriate behavior. He also called the White House that night and spoke to Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, who told Wilson that Obama accepted his apology.