Maine Governor Paul LePage made a half-hearted apology after he came under fire for saying drug dealers come to his state and “impregnate a young, white girl” before they leave.
"I made one slip-up," he said at a Friday press conference. "I may have made many slip-ups. I was going impromptu in my brain, didn't catch up to my mouth.
“Instead of saying, 'Maine women,' I said, 'White women.' I'm not going to apologize to the Maine women for that because if you go to Maine you will see we are essentially 95 percent white,” he said, according to CNN.
He later said, "If I slipped up and used the wrong word, then I apologize to all the Maine women."
The governor also blasted reporters, claiming they twisted his comments. "Yous don't like me and I don't like you,” he told reporters, a nod to the Rocky films.
LePage, who endorsed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for president last summer, made the racially-charged remarks while at a town hall meeting on Wednesday.
In a response to a question about the state's drug problems, LePage claimed that people from outside Maine were coming into the state to traffic drugs such as heroin, the Portland Press Herald reported.
"These are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty," he said. "These types of guys… they come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin, they go back home. Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave."
After the comments sparked uproar, a spokesman for LePage, Peter Steele, said the governor hadn't been talking about race.
"Race is irrelevant," he said. "What is relevant is the cost to state taxpayers for welfare and the emotional costs for these kids who are born as a result of involvement with drug traffickers.
"His heart goes out to these kids because he had a difficult childhood too. We need to stop the drug traffickers from coming into our state."
Hillary Clinton's campaign called the comments "offensive" and "racist."
The remarks "try to cover up the very real epidemic of drug abuse facing people in his state and across the country," the campaign said in a statement.
Christie has not yet spoken about the comments.