Republican Governor Paul LePage says out-of-state drug dealers are impregnating "young white" girls.

LePage made the remark on Wednesday while talking about the state’s heroin epidemic.

He described out-of-state drug dealers as "guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty" and said "half the time they impregnate a young white girl before they leave."

A spokesperson for the governor says his comments were not about race, but instead the emotional toll drugs have on children.

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