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Congressman Mike Coffman Accidentally Suggests That Obama Is Not an American Four Times

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) (R) speaks as Rep. Jon Runyan (R-NJ) (L) listens during a hearing before the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee April 14, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
Mike Coffman gesturing.

When your every word is monitored and recorded, you’re bound to slip up and inadvertently say something you don’t mean every once in a while. That’s what happened to Congressman Mike Coffman, a Republican from Colorado, during a fund-raiser earlier this month:

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I don’t know whether Barack Obama was born in the United States of America. I don’t know that,” Coffman said. “But I do know this, that in his heart, he’s not an American. He’s just not an American.”

After a short pause, which Elbert County Republican Chairman Scott Wills recalled as “deafening silence,” Coffman was met with applause, tentative at first.

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