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  Report: Hatch Called Reporter 'Republican Whore'
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Last EditedEric  Nov 03, 2006 12:29pm
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News DateFriday, November 3, 2006 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
Description(AP) St. Paul Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Hatch faced a potential setback for the second straight day Friday, this time after a report that he called a male reporter "a Republican whore."

Hatch denied using the word.

Forum Communications Co., which owns several Minnesota newspapers, reported that Hatch lashed out at a reporter questioning him about a gaffe by his running mate, Judi Dutcher, on Thursday.

In a campaign stop earlier in the week, Dutcher was stumped by a question about E-85, an ethanol blend. According to the Forum account, a reporter was asking Hatch about Dutcher's knowledge of ethanol and why she wasn't available to discuss the issue.

The Forum account said Hatch abruptly ended the interview with: "You're nothing more than a Republican whore. Goodbye," and then hung up.

Hatch, speaking to reporters Friday, denied using the word "whore."

"My recollection is that I said a Republican hack," Hatch said.

He said he offered to put Dutcher in touch with the reporter, Scott Wente, whom he described as "very aggressive."
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