Monday, February 23, 2015
CONTACT: Amy Runyon-Harms, Executive Director at [email protected]

DENVER: As nationally known Republican leaders including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani debated President Barack Obama’s faith and whether he “loves America,” ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, called on Rep. Mike Coffman to correct his colleagues’ numerous misstatements and ask for an apology.

“There is no politician in Colorado with more experience putting his foot in his mouth over President Barack Obama’s patriotism than Mike Coffman,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. “To see his party’s presidential hopefuls competing to disgrace themselves the same way Coffman did in 2012 must bring back unpleasant memories.”

In May of 2012, Rep. Coffman told an audience at an Elbert County fundraiser, “I don’t know whether Barack Obama was born in the United States of America. I don’t know that. But I do know this, that in his heart, he’s not an American. He’s just not an American.” [1] Coffman later stated repeatedly in an on-camera interview that he “misspoke and apologized.” [2]

“Since Coffman has already apologized for claiming that President Obama ‘is not an American,'” said Runyon-Harms, “He should have no problems calling for the same from Rudy Giuliani and Scott Walker. What’s ‘un-American’ are the mean-spirited, personal, sometimes outright racist attacks President Obama has faced since before he was ever elected. More than any other Colorado Republican, Mike Coffman has an obligation to say so.”