October 22nd, 2012
11:03 AM ET
6 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. Mchael

    I am so glad I am not living in Missouri.
    Those people actually voted this guy in.

    October 22, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  2. tony

    Dogs are loyal to their mates. Akin apparently not.

    October 22, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  3. jack

    What a disgusting man. I am so glad I was born a male. I just can't imagine the angst a woman deals with in letting men make the decisions over what they do with their bodies, especially slugs like this man. That is what he thinks of the female gender.......dogs.

    October 22, 2012 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  4. hotpatata

    I live in Missouri, and I cannot wait for this humanoid stain to be blotted out of our government representation. Please help us do so in whatever way you can.

    October 22, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  5. Mr Hanson

    Lol. I have to laugh to the libtard responses. Yep we sure do. We republicans truly do think of woman as dogs. jeez.

    October 22, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  6. Mr Hanson

    Yep. He sure called her a dog. It's clear.

    October 22, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  7. Candy.

    Does Akin know that Ryan, his bill co-sponsor, actually behaved like he described when stimulus money was handed out? What a sorry excuse of a human being.

    October 22, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  8. scmaize

    How did Akin ever get elected to any public office? He is an embarrassment to himself, his state and this nation.

    October 22, 2012 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  9. Superman

    I don't think Akin is behaving very many, or is he?

    October 22, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  10. Ed1

    Sometime the truth hurts and this is one of those times.

    October 22, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  11. Rhino Neal

    What I find most upsetting is that Akin has no class, no intelligence and no panache... he literally opens his mouth and more insults come out. He will win, only because he is running in a mostly Republican state. They don't care about women's rights and even the women look the other way.

    A woman is a treasure, a gift. She becomes the mother of one's children, the wife and companion of a very blessed man. Not all marriages result in bliss but if THEY tried, it would be a lot better for both of them.

    God help us, we surely need it in this election!

    October 22, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  12. OhMy

    I live in Missouri and would you believe even after all this inhumane person has said the race is still very close. The GOP do not vote for the person they just want to regain control of the senate no matter who the person is that will be in the seat. If he gets in I'm leaving MO.

    October 22, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  13. John

    I can't believe the people of Missouri are even thinking about voting for this idiot Akin. Haven he put his foot In his mouth enough yet.

    October 22, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  14. Gringo

    This man is amazing and in the time since he's professed his scientific epiphany concerning "legitimate rape," I've seen one response from one who states they live in Missouri, who disagrees with Mr. Akin. Either the internet does not exist in Misery or those who live there agree with the spewing coming out of this filth. Good luck Misery (The show me Legitimate Rape State).

    October 22, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  15. A. A.

    Todd Akin Is So True To His Ideologies – He Has No Regards For Mothers, Wives Or Daughters!!! From The Rape Comment To Comparing/Calling A Woman (McCaskill) A Dog – This Guy Is Just Done Totally "FOR"...

    October 22, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  16. MND

    How come no one said anything about this: If the military has shrunk from 1916? Numbers of ships compared to today's numbers... Does WWI , WWII, Korean war, Vietnam War needs count? Of course we needed more ships, air force& etc.

    October 22, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  17. Anglo Saxon

    I agree with Akin. Furthermore, the man has apologized beyond incredible for the stupid remark. Time to let it go. His opponent should apologize for six years of abuse.

    October 22, 2012 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  18. hot air warrior

    Atkins has repeatedly shown his contempt for women. I would never vote for such a backward thinker as Atkins.

    October 22, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    He described her actions accurately.

    October 22, 2012 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  20. Maria

    Who in their right minds would vote for this whack job?

    October 22, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  21. Mike

    Who in their right mind would want Akin to represent them as their best possible candidate!?!? Really GOP? Have you lost all grasp of common sense. I guess all the Monsanto fertilizer we're all breathing in that evaporates in to the air and is breathed in by anyone close to a field where it is sprayed really has been affected and isn't aware that they are no longer having rational thoughts. Pay no attention to the fact that these same chemicals are also found in DDT aka agent orange which we already know is harmful to your health. It's the only way I can explain Akin and the GOP, the former party of my entire family.

    October 22, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  22. Confused

    Anyone that votes for this akin is a buffoon. No way anyone with this little respect for women, or such a lack of a sense of what you can say and still be an elected official gets voted in to office. Incredible.

    October 22, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  23. Name Penguin

    Who in Missouri watched the debate when there was a baseball ballgame being played?

    October 22, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  24. Larry L


    How come no one said anything about this: If the military has shrunk from 1916? Numbers of ships compared to today's numbers... Does WWI , WWII, Korean war, Vietnam War needs count? Of course we needed more ships, air force& etc.
    Romney's comment in the third debate about "less ships since 1916" shows two possibilities. 1. Romney knows absolutely nothing about modern warfare or... 2. Romney is planning to create pork to pay back defense contractors for their financial support – ships are #1 in the pork arena followed by aircraft.

    October 22, 2012 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  25. Dean Hoffman

    He caters to the Caveman Caucus of the GOP and he has their wholehearted support. They'd like to take the country back to the 1950s where women, as Romney said, got dinner on the table. I'm a registered Republican but in no way do I agree with the backward thinking that has charactertized the sharp right turn of the Republican Party.

    October 22, 2012 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
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