(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.
Definitely stupid...keep talking Akin!
Maybe he would like her to go back to the kitchen, like Archie Bunker.
The GOP and Romney were "AKINIZED" today. That sure is not helpful to turn around this election. Will he flip flop on his opinion of Akin and drive more women away? He has a problem.
I really hope they have another debate, I'd love her to ask him to please explain what he was saying when he stated she was less "lady like". I really, really, really want him to answer that in public.
OMG – have to send Sen. McCaskill a donation. She is a moderate and if she loses to this neandrethal of legitimate rape fame, is a true insult to women everywhere.
Once more the GOP puts party before the interests of the people. They are so desparate to save their congressional seat, that they willing overlook the comments of this misguided, misogynistic old man. I agree with Kimberly's comment above that any woman who votes for this old fool ought to have her vajay-jay membership card revoked. As for the men in Missouri who will be voting, remember that these are your daughters, wives, sisters, and mothers that this misogynist is denigrating. Throw the tea party overboard and let this country get back to understanding and teaching LEGITIMATE SCIENCE backed by research and facts.
Mr. Akin gas bit proven that he is a gentleman. Instead he appears to dislike women. He certainly does give that impression. I would not take anything he says seriously. The Senator is a strong woman and I would imagine he finds strong women are a threat to him.
This is one man who does not need to "show me" as is the Missouri way.
Akin and Romnuts. No wonder the GOP is a disaster on steroids! Just trying to send women back to the Dark Ages. They like them young and dumb, right Big Love?
Wow, I'm speechless. It makes me sad that there are people this stupid in this country in the year 2012.
She didn't shut down that process so she must've wanted it, they don't take personal responsibility and care for their lives, and Santorum wants to kick my single mother butt (lol at the thought). Who are these guys??
I think their goal is to make these statements so nonsensical that its near impossible to argue against it – so very "I know you are but what am I"
So really, people are expected to listen to this "piece of dirt." Maybe she would act more like a lady if he was even a likeable human being !!!!!!
LOL. If women in MO vote for Akin, they deserve to have to carry the baby of their rapist! And, they should be made to have to care for the child until he/she graduates from college. Then, MEN (women's husbands/brothers/fathers) will get to share the love for the child of a rapist, too....forever. How silly this Akin fella is. How stupid the folks who vote for him. OBTW....the GOP thinks winning an election is more important than women's rights. LOL. Who's crazy again??
Someone as "ungentlemanly" as Akin wouldn't recognize a lady if he was locked in a room with 100 of them. His statements about "legitimate rape" and that women's bodies can somehow prevent them from getting pregnant show a lack of compassion for people who suffered through a vicious physical attack, and demonstrate his total ignorance. Yet I'll bet he considers himself an intelligent man and a really good Christian.
Howard – America isn't going to allow the government, or the country to be talen over by right-wing fundamentalist extremist domestic terrorist GOP members or their supporters. You better settle in for another four years of President Obama, followed by eight years of Hillary Clinton, followed by eight years of a Hispanic president, who will undoubtedly be a Democrat. By then, God willing, you, your diseased ideology, and your GOP masters will be extinct.
Did this guy seriously say that? What kind of knuckle-dragging caveman talks like that? Come on, MO voters, please do the right thing and vote his behind OUT! Any woman who votes for this fool deserves him.
@Howard: Make sense much?
Akin was apparently under the impression they were attending afternoon tea and not having a political debate. He seems to have a big problem with strong, intelligent, independent women that aren't all subservient to the men folk and don't seem to know their rightful place in his utopian patriarchal society. And it's not at all surprising to find out that the political brotherhood of misogynistic knuckle-draggers: Santorum, DeMint and Gingrich are all in his corner.
Unbelievable... I can't imagine why people from MO, or anywhere, would actually vote for this guy.
Wow, he sure is ugly! Nothing to look at, that's for sure. Sit down, Mr. Akin! You are dismissed!
wso isn't that good news for hewr? now she won't get pregnant. he is such a tool.
Can't believe this man is still one of the republican parties, poster children. It's hard to understand how this nut could show his face in public, without being accosted by people that voted for him. Absolutely incredible.
Never underestimate the ignorance of Missouri voters. Being from Missouri, I have firsthand knowledge of the depth of their ignorance. Have you seen or heard our Rep. Billy Long? A real loser! Remember, we elected Todd Akin to the House of Representatives. We have passed legislation that has made national news for its rediculousness. Akin, in Missouri terms, isn't that far from the mainstream of thought, especially in southern Missouri.
If you are a woman who lives in MO, and vote for this clown, I feel sorry for you, as Claire has been standing up for your rights for YEARS! This man is an embarrassment for the whole state of MO, and as a resident, I apologize to the rest of the US for his antics!
Akin's problem is basically not what he said, it's that he had the nerve to say it. Many right GOPers feel the exact same way and believe the exact same crap as this guy spewed but they kept it amongst themselves. They knew it would not play well in mainstream America so Akin let us all in on their little secret. The GOP "fake outrage" was side-splitting. And I say it's fake because now Santourm and few other Republicans are coming to back him up. Birds of a feather.........
Are we still talking about "rape" when millions are out of work? hungry people have no energy for beastly acts!!
This guy has a real problem with women, doesn't he?