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03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

DeMint: I Wish I'd Said 'You Lie' To Obama

Glenn Thrush reports for Politico that at the premiere of a new documentary from FreedomWorks about the Tea Party Movement, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said he wished he'd thought to heckle the president during his first State of the Union.

"When I heard this 'you lie' comment, the President turned and looked at me and I said 'Oh no, they think it's me,'" DeMint told the crowd. When he learned it was Wilson, DeMint said he immediately became concerned that his friend could face a firestorm of criticism that could threaten him politically.

But, DeMint said, "a couple days later, after he raised a few million dollars off of it, I was thinking 'why didn't I say that?'"

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) apologized for shouting "You lie!" at President Obama during the September speech. While he raised a fair amount of money off the incident, so did his Democratic opponent. Wilson also spent a lot trying to cash in on his new-found publicity.

DeMint has gotten in a few incendiary comments of his own during the health care debate. For instance, he said that if Republicans could stop reform, it would be Obama's "Waterloo."

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