Rep. Wilson: Outburst was ‘Spontaneous’; Leadership Asked Me to Apologize

By Lindsey Ellerson

Sep 10, 2009 12:35pm

ABC News’ Gregory Simmons reports: Congressman Joe Wilson, R-S.C., appeared at his office late this morning to address his outburst Wednesday evening during President Obama’s address on health careThe GOP congressman at no point indicated remorse over his assertion the president was “a liar,” and in fact pointed to the Republican leadership as the impetus for his apology to the White House.


“Well I last night heard from the leadership that they wanted me to contact the White House and state that my statements were inappropriate and I did,” he said.  “I am grateful the White House indicated they appreciated the call and that we needed a civil discussion and I agree with that.”

Wilson said he thinks the bill lacks clarity regarding whether or not illegal aliens would receive health care coverage, an issue that remains a point of concern for him. He said there were two different amendments offered that he would have clarified, one in the Way and Means Committee and one in the Energy and Commerce.  Both were defeated, Wilson said, on party lines votes.


“I think this is wrong. We need to be discussing issues specifically to help the American people. And this does not.”


Rep. Wilson referred to illegal immigrants as, “People that have come to our country and violated laws and we should not be providing full health care services.”


Asked if his outburst was premeditated, the congressman replied, “I will tell you that It was spontaneous.”

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