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 to WCSH-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.