Akin: McCaskill more 'ladylike' in last election
September 27th, 2012
03:18 PM ET
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Akin: McCaskill more 'ladylike' in last election

(CNN) – Embattled Rep. Todd Akin, who on Tuesday repeated his decision to remain in Missouri's battle for U.S. Senate, said in an interview published Thursday his opponent, Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, was more "ladylike" in her 2006 election than she is this time around.

According to the Kansas City Star, Akin claimed McCaskill's demeanor at last week's debate indicated she was nervous about remaining in office.

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"I think we have a very clear path to victory, and apparently Claire McCaskill thinks we do, too, because she was very aggressive at the debate, which was quite different than it was when she ran against Jim Talent," Akin said. "She had a confidence and was much more ladylike [in 2006], but in the debate on Friday she came out swinging, and I think that's because she feels threatened."

Akin couldn't escape questions about his now-infamous comments on "legitimate rape" from August during a U.S. Senate debate last Friday, deflecting the inquiry as tangential to the real issues his race against McCaskill should be about.

"I've answered this question repeatedly," Akin said. "I don't believe this election overall is about talk."

McCaskill, who was considered vulnerable in her bid for re-election before Akin made the comments about rape, said his remarks were an indication her rival was on the "fringe."

"This election's going to be quite a contrast for Missourians," McCaskill said. "But not because we're at opposite ends. I'm right in the middle, it's just he is so far out on the fringe, and that's where the contrast comes."

Akin's controversial comments, she said, were a "window to his views for Missourians."

"I believe his view is extreme and out of the mainstream," she continued, adding: "It's not what he said that's the problem, it's what he believes that's the problem."

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, who is also a U.S. Senator from Washington, referred to the Thursday remark as "another comment that's demeaning to women and offensive to all."

"What's truly astonishing is that the national party embraced Todd Akin yesterday and now refuses to repudiate his statement," Murray wrote in a statement. "Unless the national party condemns Todd Akin and his latest comments, every Republican candidate in the country will be held accountable for their support of Akin's beliefs and sentiments."

In August, Akin told a local television station that pregnancy was rare in cases of "legitimate rape," claiming a woman's body has mechanisms to "shut that whole thing down."

Democrats slammed Akin for the remarks, and some national Republicans, including GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, encouraged Akin to withdraw from his Senate bid.

In recent days, however, prominent Republicans, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, and South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, have come out in support of Akin.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee had originally planned to withdraw financial support for Akin, but a Wednesday statement from the group's executive director said the NRSC would be watching the race.

"As with every Republican Senate candidate, we hope Todd Akin wins in November and we will continue to monitor this race closely in the days ahead," Rob Jesmer said in a statement.

Filed under: Claire McCaskill • Missouri • Senate
soundoff (90 Responses)
  1. 1twinsfan

    Perhaps if you weren't such a big "Richard," Akin...

    September 27, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. Vote for Seamus, elect Kolob's next dog catcher

    Toast to mccaskill, we know it.
    she voted for ObamaCares .
    it's her own fault being against Republicans.
    even this guy will be beat by her,

    >>>unless Missouri is as nuts as Akin, then he can create those laws about legitimate rape, where women create their own abortions, and subsequently arrested for homicide. Akin's bible says so, women's fault.

    September 27, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. DumbasRocks [R]s

    This Akin idiot certainly is the gift that keeps on giving.....giving to [D]s!!!!

    Of course, in this campaign season its been the whole [R] party that keeps on giving, along with their mentally challenged suporters who have no problem coming on political forums like this one and spewing an endless stream of uberpartisan nonsense. . just sayin

    September 27, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. Yonni

    Women should not vote for the party of Akin, The Republican party. Of course, unless they are nostalgic about the pre 1950s, the good old boys era.

    September 27, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |

    Akin is such a pig!

    September 27, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. truth hurts

    It is going to be hilarious when Akin STILL kicks Obamaclaire's behind right out of that Senate seat.

    September 27, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. Ronda in Houston,TX

    What part of his statement about rape don't women understand? Why would any women vote for him is belong reason.

    September 27, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. Mike, Albany

    Maybe McCaskill is being less "lady like" this time around because her opponent is such an ignorant, boorish, misogynistic loser. In so being, he's actually the most accurate spokesperson for the fringe right wing in this country, and the more clowns like Akin talk, the more damage they do to the GOP and to their own credibility, such as it already is.

    September 27, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. Swing State

    This coming from a man who thinks women have some magic power to shut down pregnancy. What has the Republican party come to?

    September 27, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    "In recent days, however, prominent Republicans, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, and South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, have come out in support of Akin."

    These three ought to really make the women of Missiouri stand up, take notice, and smell the tea.

    September 27, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. BLKMANinAmerica

    WOW...............really Akin? Well sometimes Akin, a woman has to be a _ itch because being "lady like" just dosen't cut the mustard and CLEARLY you don't cut the mustard. Wow repuks have lost the little mind they thought they had. For REAL Akin!

    September 27, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. Obamacare = Obama cares about the young, elderly, poor and disabled. Romneycare = "I don't care about the poor"!

    Perhaps, that is because you did not state she and all women could be "legitimately raped" during the last election?

    September 27, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. jk in MN

    What a chauvenist! How on earth could a Missouri voter want someone to reprent them like this man?

    September 27, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. Earlyvoter

    This guy has no idea how the political world works. What a fool. Next up? Romney/Ryan claim that women can prevent pregnancy through mind control.

    September 27, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  15. dood

    Claire should come to a conclusion about how much of a man Lakin is.

    September 27, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  16. Facts don't Lie

    you get outside the more educated metro areas in Missouri and this state is as backwards as South Carolina, Mississippi, and any other bible belt right wing WASP red state. So I would not be surprised if this jerk is elected to the Senate. Plus just watch as the closer it gets to election day and he's low in the polls Priebus and the boys will forget about their disdain they had for him and rush to the rescue with boatloads of cash.

    September 27, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  17. hermit

    And the Republican's war on women can continue unabated. It is not just a Missouri problem. It is a national war. The only way for women to win is to vote straight Democratic ballot where ever you live!!!!

    September 27, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  18. Grahame Rhodes

    Hey! Akin is right. woman do have magic power. It's called "Boot the SOB out of office." and while your at it BOOT ALL the Republicans out too

    September 27, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  19. Pete/Ark

    Interesting that a piece of sludge who can't behave LIKE a "gentleman" presumes to judge what is lady-like...the fine women of Missouri need to roll this guy up in a bed sheet and beat him with an iron skillet....

    September 27, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  20. Rosslaw

    Only the republican party could make rape an issue in a political race. That and imposition of American taliban style sharia law.

    September 27, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  21. chill485

    Maybe last time she was running against a legitimate gentleman.

    September 27, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  22. ATLmatt

    Scary that Akin is a member of the house representing women. his wife must be humiliated or stupid.

    September 27, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  23. Bob

    I'd like to thank Todd Akin in advance for his part in helping Romney lose.

    Howard and truth hurts: Keep drinking that Tea Party beverage, and move to the Caymans. Maybe Romney will let you count his millions.

    September 27, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  24. Lara Avara

    Spoken like the true gentleman he is. bwahahahhaha. Legitmate rape.

    September 27, 2012 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  25. Jack

    Mr. Akin: Open mouth insert foot!

    September 27, 2012 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
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