BANGOR — Maine’s governor says he won’t apologize for commenting on hard-to-understand workers from Bulgaria or India.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage said his comment at the state party convention was “meant as a joke” but he acknowledged that “maybe it was a bad joke.”

He told WVOM-FM on Tuesday that he’s not politically correct and that he won’t apologize for that. And he said that he’s had difficulty trying to give an order in a restaurant with foreign workers, “period.”

LePage was chuckling Saturday when he talked about foreign workers after criticizing a referendum proposal to raise Maine’s minimum wage to $12. LePage supports raising the wage by a lesser amount.

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