Maine Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican, has a history of making controversial remarks.
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(USA TODAY) Maine Gov. Paul LePage, who has a history of making controversial statements, denied that he said President Obama "hates white people."
"No, I never said that. And you guys are all about gossip," the Republican governor said Tuesday toWCSH-TV in Portland and other reporters who followed him.
The Portland Press Herald reported Monday that LePage said during a fundraiser last week that Obama "hates white people," according to two Republican lawmakers who had heard the remark. They had requested anonymity "for fear of political retribution," the newspaper said.
The Bangor Daily News also reported the remark attributed to LePage, citing an anonymous person who attended the event.
LePage, who is running for a second term next year, has attracted headlines for some of his remarks. He joked this month about wanting to blow up the Press Herald building.
In June, the governor apologized for a sexually crude comment directed at a Democratic legislator who disagreed with him on the state budget. LePage also once compared the IRS to the Gestapo and said during his 2010 campaign that he would tell Obama to "go to hell" if he got elected.
Catalina Camia, USA TODAY