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Very Bad Day': Maine GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Swears at Reporter

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Monday for Paul Lepage did not go well. The New York Times echoed a famous book title calling it his "Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day."

He walked out of his own news conference Monday in Augusta after reporters asked whether his wife was a permanent state resident, saying, “I am running for governor, not my wife. I want to talk about the $1 billion shortfall we have, and if you guys want to do the Enquirer, I’m not playing.”

Later in the day a reporter asked Lepage whether his kids went to school in Florida on the "in-state" tuition rate:

The questions stemmed from a report in the Kennebec Journal last week that Mr. LePage’s wife, Ann, got permanent-resident tax exemptions on homes in both Maine and Florida last year, a violation of tax law.

This is where the profanity emerges:

By the end of the day a more contrite Lepage admitted the day had been an "absolute disaster." Lepage has been leading a five-way Republican race.

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