State Politics

January 12, 2012

Joe Wilson gets a nod at Mitt Romney rally

The congressman's famous line gets a shout-out at a Columbia campaign event for the front-runner.

Courtesy of State political writer Adam Beam (@adambeam on Twitter):

Mitt Romney's Wednesday night pep rally in Columbia included an homage to U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, the Republican from West Columbia.

Early into Romney's speech, he got worked up about President Barack Obama.

"It's been a tough three years for people in the Palmetto State. Unemployment is at 9.9 percent. Still. Remember the president was going to get America working again, he made all of these promises. He was going to repair the country, repair the world. He was going to get people back to work.

"It was going to be a new era in Washington. People were going to work together, collaborate across the aisle. Remember all these things he’s said in the campaign? He’s failed!"

And, right on cue, someone in the audience yelled: "He lied!"

The audience loved that one.

Wilson, of course, is famous for interrupting Obama's 2009 speech to a joint session of Congress about health care.

A link to Wilson's outburst is here.

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