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Gov. LePage clashes with protesters in Portland

Screaming obscenities, calling him a racist and a bigot, students lashed out at Governor Paul LePage. (WGME)

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Screaming obscenities, calling him a racist and a bigot, students lashed out at Governor Paul LePage.

The governor was on the University of Southern Maine Portland campus Tuesday night for an event sponsored by a conservative student group.

He kept his focus on the issues, while many in the audience challenged his views.

LePage talked about taxation, energy and education, the same three issues the governor's been focusing on for years.

While he and event organizers asked for civility, a good portion of the night was filled with obscenities and shouting.

The governor stayed the course sticking to his key issues, students pressed back, questioning him on white supremacy and racism.

“I will say this, you can say what you want, Smoothie killed two people, and he's on trial for killing two people,” LePage said.

Many times the governor waited and listened, responding as university staff and police escorted protestors out.

The conversation got back on track when organizers started taking pre-screened questions.

The sometimes tense discourse went on for about an hour. The interim dean of students called the event a success, saying the university supports public speech, including obscene language.

Both supporters and opponents of the governor said it was good to see people voicing their concerns.

The governor referenced a man named "Smoothie," saying he is on trial for killing two people.

You may remember the governor mentioned "Smoothie," "D-Money" and "Shifty" at a town hall in Bridgton last year, claiming they came to Maine to sell heroin and incidentally, impregnate young girls.

One of those men, David Marble, also known as "D-Money" is accused of killing two people.

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