At the kickoff today to this weekend's big anti-health care reform rallies in Washington, D.C., FreedomWorks chairman Dick Armey defended Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), saying, "Cut Mr. Wilson a little slack."
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Armey said Obama started the liar talk when he said the idea of death panels is "a lie, plain and simple."
"So what's the rule here? President of the United of States can say you're liars and somebody else cannot? Give poor old Joe Wilson a break here," Armey said to reporters, according to the Washington Independent. "Now, again, I cut him no slack. He knows better, or he should. He got himself in trouble and he reflected badly on people who share his point of view. But don't let Obama off the hook for saying the same thing."
Despite cutting him "no slack" himself, Armey urged others to do so.
"Unless you're willing to call the president out, cut Mr. Wilson a little slack," he said according to TheHill.com.
Wilson yelled, "You lie!" during President Obama's address to Congress Wednesday night.
The crowd of 800 reportedly chanted "You lie! You lie!" at several points during today's rally, held outside the Capitol. They weren't calling out the event's speakers, which included several Republican members of Congress, but rallying around Wilson.