Monday, March 31st, 2014
CONTACT: Amy Runyon-Harms at [email protected]

DENVER: ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, released yesterday a 2010 video clip of Republican Colorado gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez questioning the citizenship of President Barack Obama. Today, ProgressNow Colorado is launching a statewide online campaign to educate voters about Beauprez’s outrageous “birther” allegations against President Obama.

In a 2010 video interview with far-right talk show host Stan Solomon, Beauprez said, “On the birth certificate, I don’t know. I’ve heard both sides of it. I find it absolutely astounding that if he has one, if this all just a myth, why in the world not put it to bed? There’s a reason why they haven’t at least settled that controversy.”

“If this guy is an American citizen,” Beauprez said, “he’s a different kind of an American than virtually any that I know.” [1]

“Colorado Republicans have a serious ‘birther’ problem,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. “This problem is compounded when other party leaders, like Congressmen Mike Coffman and Cory Gardner, indulge in these fringe conspiracy theories without being held accountable. The non-issue of President Obama’s natural born American citizenship was settled before Obama was ever elected. Coloradans know better, and deserve better from our public officials.”

“If ‘Both Ways Bob’ Beauprez has changed his mind about President Obama’s citizenship between this interview and today, he needs to say so, and then apologize for helping spread discredited racist nonsense,” said Runyon-Harms. “These remarks would draw instant condemnation if they came from some right-wing shock jock. Beauprez is asking the people of Colorado to lead this state. These outrageous statements are disqualifying for the office of governor, and Beauprez should know that.”