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Paul LePage: 'Worst Part Of My Life Is Newspapers Are Still Alive'

FILE - In this June 26, 2013 file photo, Maine Gov. Paul LePage speaks to reporters at the Statehouse in Augusta, Maine, shor
FILE - In this June 26, 2013 file photo, Maine Gov. Paul LePage speaks to reporters at the Statehouse in Augusta, Maine, shortly after the House and Senate both voted to override his veto of the state budget. Instead of downplaying LePage's blunt-speaking candor, new television ads from the Republican Governors Association are touting him as as "blunt, honest, one-of-a-kind" as he campaigns for reelection on Nov. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

At a time when many people are lamenting the cutbacks to state and local newspapers, Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) is cheering. In fact, he'd be happier if the publications weren't around at all.

"The best part of my life is I've been hired to work for the people of the state of Maine and I'm very humble and very proud," LePage said at an event with Republican activists in Auburn, Maine, on Wednesday. "The worst part of my life is newspapers are still alive -- sorry, I had to say it."

LePage hasn't been shy about his dislike of newspapers. In February 2013, he said newspapers were his "greatest fear." He has also stated he wants to "blow ... up" the headquarters of the Portland Press Herald and has boycotted sharing comments with at least three papers in the state.

LePage is in a three-way race for re-election, competing against Rep. Mike Michaud (D) and independent candidate Eliot Cutler. HuffPost Pollster, which averages publicly available polling in the race, has Michaud ahead of LePage and Cutler.

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