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By John Wilkes from Eyesonobama.com:

Rob Miller, a Democrat and Marine Corps veteran challenging Republican Joe Wilson in 2010, has raised more than $200k following national coverage of Wilson's outburst at President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress last night, during which he called out "you lie."

Rob Miller, a Democrat and Marine Corps veteran challenging Republican Joe Wilson in 2010, has raised more than $200k following national coverage of Wilson's outburst at President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress last night, during which he called out "you lie."

Democratic fundraising site ActBlue.com- where potential donors can start their own fundraising groups aimed at backing particular candidates- has seen a flurry of activity.  One group consisting mostly of "Kossacks"- the moniker given to DailyKos frequenters- is titled, "Defeating the man who yelled "liar" at Obama: Goodbye Rep Joe Wilson."  Since last night, that single group has raised more tham $135,000.  Others, like the "Rob Miller 2010 Club" and another consisting of "People Against Inappropriate Outbusrts" have pulled in more than $10,000.  (Click here to contribute yourself.)

Miller took on Wilson last year in the heavily Republican district (which features a Cook Partisan Voting Index Rating of Republican +9) and performed above expectation, garnering 46% of the vote.

During President Obama's speech on health care reform before Congress, Wilson shouted "you lie" as Obama explained that no portion of any version the bill provides for taxpayer-funded coverage for illegal aliens.  In fact, Obama was correct: none of the five bills circulating in the House or the Senate would provide illegal immigrants with access to government-funded health coverage.

But it was the form, and not the substance of Wilson's disagreement with the president that irked others who watched the speech.  He's received a bevy of criticism, not just from Democrats, but from fellow Republicans as well.  Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John McCain (R-AZ), and Bob Corker (R-TN) were just a few of those who spoke out against Wilson.  The South Carolina Congressman issued a swift apology, which was accepted by Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel at the White House and later commented upon by President Obama.

For more EyesOnObama.com articles:
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Originally posted to eyesonobama on Thu Sep 10, 2009 at 11:45 AM PDT.

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