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Colo. Congressman Mike Coffman expands 'birther' apology

Coffman later said his comments were 'boneheaded' and that he should not have questioned Obama's patriotism. 

By Associated Press / May 25, 2012

This 2012 file photo provided by the candidate's campaign shows Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman. Earlier this month, Republican congressman Coffman said that he doesn't know if President Barack Obama was born in the United States and that in his heart, Obama is not an American.

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A Colorado congressman is expanding his apology to President Barack Obama after publicly questioning his citizenship and his belief in American values.

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Rep. Mike Coffman of Aurora wrote a long apology published in Thursday's Denver Post. Coffman says his comments earlier this month were "boneheaded" and that he should not have questioned Obama's patriotism. Coffman wrote, "I should never have questioned the president's devotion to our country."

Coffman is expanding his apology after he told a GOP crowd in Elbert County that he doesn't know if Obama was born in the United States.

Coffman has come under heavy criticism after the comment was released to the media. Coffman faces a re-election in a suburban district that is much more competitive than his current one.

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