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Rep. Wilson Apologizes for Obama Speech Outburst

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) has apologized for an outburst he made during the middle of President Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress on health care.

In a section of the speech where Mr. Obama was trying to dispel myths about his plans, he said: "There are also those who claim that our reform efforts would insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false. The reforms -- the reforms I'm proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally." Special Report: Health Care

Wilson then yelled, "You lie" from the House floor.

Mr. Obama then said again "it's not true" before continuing the speech. (You can watch this at left.)

About an hour after the speech, Wilson released the following statement offering "sincere apologies" to the president:

"This evening I let my emotions get the best of me when listening to the president's remarks regarding the coverage of illegal immigrants in the health care bill. While I disagree with the president's statement, my comments were inappropriate and regrettable. I extend sincere apologies to the President for this lack of civility."

Full coverage of the president's speech on health care:

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Rep. Wilson Apologizes for Obama Speech Outburst
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