Coffman's May 12 comments, recorded by a supporter at a fundraiser in Elbert County, made national news.
"I don't know whether Barack Obama was born in the United States of America. I don't know that," Coffman told donors. "But I do know this, that in his heart, he's not an American. He's just not an American."
Coffman avoided answering media questions, with his staff ignoring multiple interview requests, until 9NEWS found him outside a fundraiser Tuesday night.
Time after time, Coffman repeated virtually the same answer to every question: "I stand by my statement that I misspoke and I apologize."
Asked if he would answer any question with a different answer, he repeated his talking point.
Video of the interview went viral and was picked up by media outlets nationwide.
Rep. Miklosi weighed in Wednesday on Coffman's response in an interview with 9NEWS Reporter Kyle Clark. Excerpts are below.
REP. MIKLOSI: When I first saw it, I thought it was a Saturday Night Live skit. I didn't think that could really be his answer.
KYLE CLARK: Let's take Congressman Coffman at his word that he misspoke and that he apologizes and that what he meant to say was that the President doesn't share his view of American Exceptionalism. Certainly you can disagree with that, but is that really an extreme thing to say?
REP. MIKLOSI: Then why is he hiding for a week? For a week he's been hiding from the public and the media and constituents. And he attends a closed door fundraiser where he finally shows up. He needs to clarify his statements.
KYLE CLARK: Surely the theme of your campaign is not going to be, Congressman Coffman one time said something extreme.
REP. MIKLOSI: No, I'm focusing on renewable energy jobs, and small business loans, but this is part of the conversation. I just want to make sure he's being held accountable.
KYLE CLARK: Are voters going to see a rerun of the Buck-Bennet campaign with Coffman painted as too extreme for Colorado?
REP. MIKLOSI: I think you'll see a conversation about a positive message about renewable energy job growth, small business loans for entrepreneurs and there will be picture about Mr. Coffman. For example, when he compares Social Security to a Ponzi scheme, or votes to destroy Medicare as we know it, those are themes that will be contrast in open discussion for the voters.
KYLE CLARK: With all due respect, how do you answer to folks, some of them staunch Democrats, who say Mike Coffman has opened up a tremendous opportunity here and, geez, I wish we had somebody other than a fairly little known state rep who had to move into the district to run against him?
REP. MIKLOSI: I've settled that question. I'm the proud Democratic nominee and I'm starting to receive broad bipartisan support from Republicans and unaffiliateds because they want a real leader and I'm that person.
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