DeMint: ‘Joe Wilson Was Telling the Truth’
Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 5:56 pm
Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), the congressman who shouted “you lie” during President Obama’s health care address to Congress, was probably the biggest hero at today’s Tea Party rally in Washington. Signs reading “Joe Wilson for President” and “Thanks, Joe” were omnipresent, as were chants of “you lie.”
In my interview with Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) after the rally, I asked him what he thought of the Wilson affair.
“Joe has handled it well,” he said. “The fact is, Joe Wilson was telling the truth. … There’s a huge loophole that virtually guarantees that illegal immigrants would be covered.”
When I asked if he thought Wilson should be censured, he replied, “No, I mean, there’s no reason to.” He pointed out that Wilson had already apologized to the president.
All the attention the incident is getting, he said, is the result of a desire on the part of Democrats to change the subject from reform legislation.
“Nancy Pelosi needs a distraction from the substance of this health care bill,” he said.
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