DENVER - Colorado Democrats are circling the wagons in defense of Representative Joe Salazar after his controversial comments about rape.

Fueled by conservatives on Twitter, Salazar's comments have gone nationwide overnight.

Last week, arguing against concealed carry on campus, Salazar suggested that women might not be able to tell if they're actually in danger, and if armed, might shoot innocent people.

Salazar issued a qualified apology Monday night to anyone who was offended. Tuesday, he apologized without reservation, saying he was deeply sorry.

Governor John Hickenlooper, a fellow Democrat, issued a one sentence statement saying, "Representative Salazar acknowledged his remarks were inappropriate and he apologized. That's what he needed to do."