October 22nd, 2012
11:03 AM ET
2 years ago

Akin compares McCaskill to a 'dog' playing 'fetch'

(CNN) – Missouri Republican and Senate hopeful Rep. Todd Akin compared his Democratic opponent, incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, to a dog who plays "fetch" for higher taxes and regulations from Washington and brings them back to Missouri.

"She goes to Washington, D.C. and it's a little bit like one of those dogs, you know 'fetch,' and she goes to Washington, D.C. and gets all of these taxes and red tape and bureaucracy and executive orders and agencies and she brings all of this stuff and dumps it on us in Missouri," Akin said Saturday at a fund-raiser in Springfield, Missouri.

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Audio of the GOP Senate candidate was posted to PoliticMo.com on Saturday.

Akin spokesman Rick Tyler later followed up with a tweet on Monday: "If Claire McCaskill were a dog, she'd be a 'Bullshitsu'"

Asked about the congressman's comments and tweet, Tyler said Akin was using an "analogy," and contrasted it with his post on Twitter, which he said was a "joke."

"It seems to me she's got it just backwards," Akin said at the event, featuring former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee - one of few conservatives who stood by the Republican candidate following his controversial comments on "legitimate rape."

Akin continued: "What she should be doing is taking the common sense that we see in Missouri and taking that to Washington, D.C. and blessing them with some solutions instead of more problems."

In August, the social conservative congressman claimed in a television interview that "legitimate rape" rarely resulted in pregnancy, saying that "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

Soon after, Akin sought to clarify his remarks, saying that he misspoke and apologizing repeatedly as the political uproar from both sides of the aisle intensified.

Akin's comments quickly drew national attention, sparking many Republicans, including GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, to call on Akin to drop out of the race as well as fund-raising organizations to pull money from his campaign.

Republicans are battling Democrats for control of the upper chamber in November's election. Akin's potentially damaging remarks could put that effort at risk.

More recently, following the candidates' first debate in September, Akin said McCaskill was more "ladylike" in her 2006 election than she is this time around - evidence, Akin said that indicated she was nervous about remaining in office.


Filed under: 2012 • Claire McCaskill • Missouri • Todd Akin
soundoff (290 Responses)
  1. rs

    Funny, I'd compare Akin to Rush Limbaugh, mindless whining, and reactionary policies, except he isn't as bright or witty.

    October 22, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Missouri women actually support a man who speaks of another woman in this manner? Interesting. Kind of let's us know how Missouri women view themselves.

    Cattle comes to mind.

    October 22, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    The gift that keeps on giving, at least until the election: than we can send him packing. Too bad we'll be paying for his pension and healthcare until he dies.

    October 22, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. California Gary

    Does this guy never learn? The best thing he could do is close his mouth and not open it again until after the election. Every time he opens it, something stupid comes out.

    October 22, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    This is not the type of man who should be made a political leader. He should be made to pay restitution to McCaskill, and excommunicated from US politics for life.

    October 22, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. RobK

    Mountain out of a molehill.

    October 22, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  7. Canuck

    "Akin sought to clarify his remarks, saying that he misspoke "

    Ah , the Republican mantra....

    October 22, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. ironman59

    This is what you get when you vote for the gop. They have no boundaries, no ethics and no morals. Yet they insist on trying to tell everyone how to live their lives from religion to birth control. They want to deny others basic civil rights while screaming that theirs are constanly being infringed upon.

    Keep this in mind as you go to vote, regardless of the state. From places like NC that pass an ammendment that affects every unmarried couple regardless of gender to MS that violates federal law by making it impossible to have an abortion. The gop is all about getting their way for a few at the top without regard to the rest of the country. If you don't believe that, look at how much delaying the gop controlled Congress has done in the past 2 years on reforms.

    October 22, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. bee

    Missourians,

    This jack in the box needs to be defeated. Please recognize how he continues to denegrate women..Be smart and think about( if you are not a women) your mother/sister/daughter/wife. Akin is a complete and utter fool.

    October 22, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rep. Todd Akin compared his Democratic opponent, incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, to a dog who plays "fetch" for higher taxes and regulations from Washington and brings them back to Missouri.
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    Higher taxes and regulations for whom Akin? After all, deregulation worked out so well for us in the past didn't it? Not.
    We want you to keep talking and thinking that voters are as stupid as you sound Akin. I guess we should be thankful that you did not reference your opponent as a female dog.
    Astoundingly obtuse and caveman-like, Akin needs to join the rest of us in the 21st century.

    October 22, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. gt

    its about jobs...he said he made a mistake...like clinton did...move on

    October 22, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  12. Tony

    Akin prefers women doing the fetching.

    October 22, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  13. DocHollywood

    I hope the people here in Missouri have the good sense to send this fellow back to which ever rock he crawled out from. He's not just an embarassment to the republican party, but to the decency of humanity itself.

    October 22, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. Carolusa

    I live in Missouri.....this man should not be elected dog catcher. Although he graduated from Worcester Poly Tech where I know he received a good education, he has forgotten it all and is relying on science and history from medieval times. I do apologize to the rest of the country. Missourians are better than this.

    October 22, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  15. Lahdee Dah

    How is it possible that the good people of Missouri could seriously consider having this man represent them?

    October 22, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. Wes B.

    Is this guy for real? I sort of feel like he's a creation of "The Onion." Can we check and see if this guy is an actual human being running for the U.S. Senate.

    October 22, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. Malory Archer

    Takes one to know one ya hate-filled sack of elephant droppings! At least the tax dollars do good things like fix roads & bridges. You're nothing more than a bag man for fascists and all & sundry of hate groups.

    October 22, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    Akin's comments quickly drew national attention, sparking many Republicans, including GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, to call on Akin to drop out of the race as well as fund-raising organizations to pull money from his campaign.
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    The calls for Akin to drop are disingenuous. It is well past the deadline to remove his name from ballots. People like Romney know it. So they make the altruistic sounding call for Akin to drop out, instead of condemning the remarks like they should.

    October 22, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  19. Liz the First

    And women should vote republican...why????? every day, they prove they have no respect for us. this clown has no place in public service. and speaking of dogs, i wouldn't vote for him for dogcatcher!

    October 22, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  20. Not this time

    Huckabee has now proven that he, along with Aiken, really don't think much of women.

    October 22, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  21. fatlip

    That this guy is even still in the race is a legitimate embarrassment to America and the republican party. Together with ryan/romney would be the worst thing for our great country.

    October 22, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  22. rstlne

    Todd Akin has no business complaining about anyone else's lack of "common sense." Clearly he has none himself!

    October 22, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. UBS, WILLARD & THE 4000+ AMERICAN AMNESTY DEAL

    Wow! This guy has truly got a case of foot in mouth disease. If I didn't know better, I would think he's intentionally saying these things to attach the mainstream republicans to him for throwing him under the bus.

    October 22, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  24. Larry L

    This election is a test for people of Missouri. Folks know in their heart that Akin is unfit to serve in the United States Senate. Yet the vitriol of the Fox News-type media created so much fear and hate it's divided America into two irrational camps. Neither is 100% correct and all are fellow Americans who need to come back together as a team. Will Missouri make a choice based on fear and hate? Akin doesn't represent the character and values of the people of Missouri.

    October 22, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  25. Bob

    Keep pounding those nails in your coffin, Akin.

    You are a neanderthal, and exempify everything that is wrong with the "right" wing.

    October 22, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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