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. mcmomom

    Dear rest-of-the-country: Akin really isn't the best Missouri can offer, he's just the best that Missouri Republicans can offer. Fortunately, the rest of us can vote for McCaskill. Seriously, I've never even been to the places in Missouri where Akin would be considered 'mainstream.' and the thought that they even exist is pretty darn scarey.

    October 22, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  2. Jim

    Akin – the gift that keeps on giving to Democrats. He would do well to remember Abraham Lincoln of his own party: Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt."

    October 22, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  3. Shannon

    Republicans have zero respect for woman, it couldn't be more obvious. Any woman who supports a Republican needs counseling

    October 22, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  4. becky

    Do not tell us how refined and polite Republicans are. Mr. Akin is not the exception he is the rule. Political figures are becoming ruder, less considerate of others, more partisan and less willing to listen to others. The ads this year are so bad that they make you cringe when you see them.

    Note that the ads by Republicans which are supportive of candidates whose opposition happens to be an ex-governor. The names are changes and the figures altered a little but the content is the same. They are inaccurate and it is stunning that those who produce these ads are using the same materials in different states. They are too lazy to find the truth.

    October 22, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  5. justaminit

    Akin is a great example of the right. Misinformed, warped in his opinions, and resorting to degrading his opponent because he has no personal values to rely on.

    October 22, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  6. Mandor

    If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.

    Quite honestly, dog is a very long step ABOVE most members of the House + Senate.

    October 22, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  7. RandyKC

    Nice to see Aiken acknowledging his opponent has more character than he has.

    October 22, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  8. DENNA

    Oh no he didn't. Is this man mentally ill or just hates women? Go away!

    October 22, 2012 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  9. Romney Hood's a FRAUD

    LMAO! And you silly women are split between Romney and Obama?! LOL Imagine what Romney can get accomplished with a republican house and senate! Better take a look at what YOUR republican house has already voted for and passed! Silly girls....

    October 22, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  10. Liberty Queen

    Akin and the republican party are woman-haters.

    October 22, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  11. Liberty Queen

    The Shitzu rules any day over a wienerdog, I mean Akin.

    October 22, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  12. Annie

    Well, she does serve her master... President Obama! She voted for the healthcare bill even though 70% of Missourians were against it (polls at the time.. now only 66^ are against it). So, just who is she serving as an elected representative of the state of Missouri? Certainly not the Missourians!
    And now the 'October surprise' where it was revealed that she had family members receive in excess of $40 million from the stimulus money. Who is she serving now?

    October 22, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  13. mdblanche

    Stay classy, Mr. Akin.

    October 22, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  14. cashmeremafia

    I've been donating money to Senator McCaskill's campaign since Akin's bone-headed remarks about rape. Trying to do my part to help, hope it was all worth it!! You go Senator!! Let's have another victory!!!

    October 22, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  15. nhmtneer

    Boy oh boy, does this dimwit have a knack for being crass and anachronistic. Exactly what one can expect when the Tea Party controls the Republican Party.

    October 22, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  16. NamePete

    Ecomony is not slowing down it's on the up ward swing

    October 22, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  17. letmegetthistraight...

    Now that's flat tacky.

    October 22, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  18. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Isn't it pretty apparent by now that this guy makes a lot of rash statements and is all over the map, just like Mitt Romney? Akin is not senator material and Romney is the least qualified candidate in recent history to run for the office of president!

    October 22, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  19. Luke Brown

    Hey Missouri. You elect this guy to the Senate and for the next six years you are going to be a national laughing stock every time he opens his mouth.

    Then again. I live in South Carolina, and it would be a good thing for us. Sen. Akin would be available daily to prove to America that our politicians are not the biggest jerks holding public office. You get what you deserve, people.

    October 22, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  20. Thinking Texan

    Akin never to see this republican again.

    Go home to Republistan, your homeland.

    October 22, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  21. Mo

    Are both presidential candidate have say anything about USA, or they are the govt of Israel only and how to protect them?

    October 22, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  22. Chad

    abe lincoln today would be considered a libera today but anyway how crazy has this party become. what happen to the moderate republicans? this is truly truly embarassing. how can someone vote for this guy? comon america this is truly embarassing. research your stuff... 15 percent of you thought that romney orderered bin ladens raid!!! sad

    October 22, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  23. judith

    Akin's hit a new low, and no one thought it was possible for the guttersnipe to sink any lower!

    October 22, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  24. erin

    Why would any single person even entertain the idea of voting for this horrible, horrible excuse for a human being??

    October 22, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  25. Jeff

    He is just the gift that keeps on giving to the McCaskill camp. Let the TV ads start rolling. Akin is an idiot.

    October 22, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
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