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GOP candidate to Obama: 'Go to hell'

Meeting with a group of fisherman in Maine on Sunday, the state's Republican candidate for governor offered a blunt suggestion to the president, per the AP.

"As your governor, you're going to be seeing a lot of me on the front page, saying 'Governor LePage tells Obama to go to hell,'" said GOP candidate Paul LePage.

The comment was captured on video by a Democratic aide. (Watch below.)

More from AP:

LePage tells The Associated Press that he regrets his choice of words, but he stands behind its intent. He says the administration's spending is driving up the national debt and "taking us to a place where my children and my grandchildren will never come back."

The governor's race has attracted national surrogates, with Republican Governors Association chief Gov. Haley Barbour appearing Monday on LePage's behalf, and former President Bill Clinton stumping for Democrat Libby Mitchell over the weekend.

NBC News rates this race as "Leaning Democrat."