Wilson Lashes Out at 'Junkets' Accusation - DatelineCarolina

Wilson Lashes Out at 'Junkets' Accusation

Rep. Joe Wilson defends himself Tuesday with the support of nearly two dozen veterans. Rep. Joe Wilson defends himself Tuesday with the support of nearly two dozen veterans.

By: Laura Kuhen

Posted: Wednesday, Oct. 20 2010 11:00 am

Incumbent Republican Joe Wilson and Democratic challenger Rob Miller are locked in the most expensive congressional race in U.S. history. Together they have spent nearly $6 million with two weeks to go before the November 2 election for South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District seat.

Miller's latest ads criticize Wilson for his travel, which he says has cost more than $100,000 since Wilson was first elected in 2001.

Wilson went to the Veterans Memorial on the State House in Columbia backed by nearly two dozen veterans on Tuesday to dispute the claim the trips were vacations.

"Every trip that I've been on has been to support our military. It's been with the Foreign Affairs Committee to learn of how I can back up our efforts to make sure our troops are protected around the world," said Wilson.

Miller also criticized an ad approved by Wilson that says the congressman had dodged mortar attacks while visiting troops this summer in Afghanistan.  Wilson told Washington's The Hill newspaper mortar rounds really fell on the opposite side of the airport from the congressman.

Wilson says the attack was still close by and his military guides had done a good job keeping his party safe.

"The military, maneuvered us around in such a way, we were not at personal risk," Wilson said. "Hey, just being in country with the potential of mortars and IEDs… I do this for the right reason," said Wilson.

The latest polls show Wilson with a seven-percentage-point lead.


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