Rove: Return Wilson, retire Spratt

Karl Rove urged South Carolina Republicans to reelect Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) and "retire" his Democratic colleague, Rep. John Spratt (D-S.C.).

"(Democrats) want Joe Wilson out, they know what a strong symbol he is," said Rove at the South Carolina GOP's annual Silver Elephant Dinner Saturday. "They want him out. They know what it would mean in red, red, South Carolina to get him out of here. They're trying to pull a surprise on us; let's pull one on them. Let's retire Spratt." 

Wilson gained notoriety for yelling "you lie" at President Obama during a speech to Congress in September. The 68-year-old Spratt filed in March to run for his 15th term. He won reelection in 2008 by a 25-point margin.

The Silver Elephant Dinner was a moneymaker for the South Carolina GOP. Admission to hear Rove ran at least $100, which bought a chicken dinner and "hours of speeches," according to The State. Those who paid some $1,500 got access to a private reception, a photo with Rove and an autographed copy of his book.