CO congressman apologizes for Obama birth comments

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

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's remarks echoed a controversy generated by those who say that Obama was not born in the U.S. The Obama administration attempted a year ago to dismiss the conflict by releasing his long-form birth certificate showing he was born in Hawaii.

In Arizona, Secretary of State Ken Bennett said he may refuse to put the president on the November ballot unless Hawaii authenticated Obama's birth certificate. On Wednesday, Bennett said he received the necessary information.

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