Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) told local reporters that he never said President Obama "hates white people," as two anonymous Republicans have alleged.
The Portland Press-Herald cited two GOP lawmakers who said LePage made that remark at a fundraiser last week. Others present said they didn't hear such a remark.
Asked about it by local reporters Tuesday, LePage denied making the comment.
"No I never said that, and you guys are all about gossip," LePage said as he walked past reporters and waved his finger in front of the camera.
LePage has a history of making odd and controversial comments, including offering a crude metaphor involving Vaseline earlier this year. He is considered one of the most vulnerable incumbent governors up for reelection in 2014.