Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), who was forced to apologize after he was caught on tape saying President Obama is â€śnot an American,â€ť is now claiming that his apology was largely made â€śfor political reasonsâ€ť (audio below).
The Denver-based Caplis and Silverman radio show recently asked Rep. Coffman: â€śWere you just at that moment speaking what was in your heart and are you now feeling you need to walk it back for political reasons?â€ť
Rep. Coffman conceded â€śto some extent thatâ€™s true," but added that his main regret was talking about the birther issue was because: "I just think thatâ€™s a horrible issue for Republicans. Every day weâ€™re talking about that is just a victory for the president."
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Later in the interview, Rep. Coffman praised those who donâ€™t believe Pres. Obama was born in the United States: â€ś[Issues are] going to determine this election, not focusing on the birther question. God bless people that do that. I understand their passion."