South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson says he’s through apologizing for his outburst last week:
(CNN) — Rep. Joe Wilson said Sunday he will not apologize again for yelling out that President Obama lied during the president’s speech to Congress last week.
“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 said he already apologized to Obama and that the president accepted it. However, he insisted that Obama “was misstating the facts,” and that Democratic leaders in the House were “playing politics” by continuing to focus on the issue.
When asked if Obama had lied to Congress, Wilson responded: “I believe he was misstating the facts.” He noted that Senate Finance Committee members negotiating a compromise agreement have called for enforcement mechanisms similar to what Republicans are proposing.
The national response to Wilson’s nationally televised outburst, in which he yelled “You lie” as Obama spoke about health care to a joint session of Congress, shows the deep public divide over the issue.
Wilson and his opponent for re-election next year have each raised more than $1 million since Wilson’s heckling of the president on Wednesday, according to aides for each.
In addition, Wilson has posted a Web video that asks for campaign cash to fend off attacks from political opponents.
House Democrats plan to censure Wilson if he refuses to apologize on the House floor this week.
And they certainly have the votes to do it if they want to but, as much as I think Joe Wilson was a blowhard, and idiot, and just plain rude, it’s pretty clear that any further concentration on this issue is just going to extend his fifteen minutes of fame. Ignore they guy and he’ll slither back to the back bench that he came from.
Here’s the video of Wilson’s interview: