October 22nd, 2012
11:03 AM ET
1 year 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. dave

    Todd Akin...the gift that keeps on giving

    October 22, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. Deni

    Clearly Akin has deep-routed issues with women as evidenced in how he expresses himself. Strong women are even more terrifying to him which speaks volumes of his lack of character. He's not suited for a position in government as he is most definitely unable to view the genders equally let alone ALL of the citizens of Missouri or the US.

    October 22, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. Arun

    I think this guy should be nutered!! He is a joke!!

    October 22, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. chilly g

    missouri how can you vote for this guy, you can do a lot better,vote for the current senator and things will get better
    this guy akin is a hateful person toward minorities and do not deserve to hold any office

    October 22, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. Hugh Jass

    This fool is like the gift that keeps on giving. Yes, tell us more, sir. So you routinely compare women to dogs, do you? And there are more Republicans like you? Fascinating. Vote 'em ALL out.

    October 22, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. DavidK

    This chap, not sure whether he has a problem with women or he simply is arrogant.

    October 22, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. Zenger Folkman

    This guy is a jerk, but his base love jerks, so he remains popular among them. Let's just hope the good people of his district outweigh the jerk-lovers and keep Mckaskill in her seat.

    October 22, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. Kef14

    This guys campaign would have been more effective if he just stayed home, locked his doors and closed his windows. Anything to keep people from learning what an idiot he is.

    October 22, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. Rob in MO

    As someone who lives in Missouri, I believe that Akin is not only a disgrace to the state; he is a disgrace to the human race.

    October 22, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. Voxovreeson

    I'm completely embarrassed that this goon is my representative. And what's funny...he accuses Claire McCaskill of being a stooge for Big Washington, but if anything, he's an even bigger stooge for Big Radical Right. To paraphrase Mr. Akin..."if it's a legitimate campaign, common sense has a way of turning that whole Akin thing off." If you live in Missouri, don't vote for this clown unless you want six years of repeated frustration at the stuff that comes out of his mouth.

    October 22, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. K.Kelly

    The same man who believes in 'legitimate rape' believes that women are dogs fit only to play 'fetch'. Remember that.

    October 22, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. Laverne

    If this man wins that means there is something very wrong with the people of Missouri! This is the most disrespectful man when it comes to women just like Paul Ryan and a lot of his extremist buddies in congress. I can't imagine why any women, republican or not would want to vote for such a nut case! The sad part is he continues to say really disturbing things. "out of the adundance of your heart, the mouth speaketh"!! There is a bigger picture and narrative here, and the people of Missouri better figure it out before Nov. 6th!!!!!

    October 22, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  13. Mitt RobMe

    Unfortunately there is a large "Backwards" portion of this country that believes this is "Common Sense".

    October 22, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  14. sonny chapman

    He'll fit in well with the other Repub. Senators.

    October 22, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. max

    Claire...I am impressed...didn't know you had this type of strategical political gravitas. Claire campaign so that this fool won the repulican nominee for senate. She obviously knows how to play to win....BRAVO!

    October 22, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  16. Norma Vessels

    I really don't like you, Mr. Akin.

    October 22, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  17. ObaWendon

    This guy is a disgrace. First he says there is legimitate rape vs non-legimitate rape, now the woman running against him is called a dog? What planet did this jerk come from?

    October 22, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  18. MFVJR

    Is Mr. Akin style and persona of a public servant representative of the Republican Party? His arrogance is overflowing

    October 22, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. Tony Comedy

    Folks please pay close attention and listen to what these republicans are saying and doing because all I want to say is that they don't really care about us... vote Obama 2012

    October 22, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  20. Bill

    This guy really is a degenerate pig. Maybe McCaskill was less 'ladylike' in the debates with him this year because, like most reasonable human beings, they find it abhorrent that someone so vile could actually be a candidate for public office.

    October 22, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. Carol S.

    I agree totally with Laverne...this man is a male chauvenist and a extremist. He also knows that he will get a lot of FREE airtime by saying these things and then getting a chance again to do his politicing when people question him on it, at which time he goes off on Claire again. So he has turned a stupid statement into a free ticket on TV and radio.

    October 22, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. dizzylucy

    Wow, he should just NEVER speak publicly. Maybe not at all.

    October 22, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  23. Chuck Hendrix

    I am sure a lot of Republicans think that Akin is perfect for Missouri. I find it interesting that he says Missouri's common sense should be taken to Washington like his "legitimate rape""the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." claims.If this is an example of the common sense in Missouri, we do not want it in Washington. I would suggest anyone and I mean anyone that supports this slug has no common sense, nada, zilch, zero.

    October 22, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. vickoko

    wonder y our economy is bad,people like this idiot represnt us.pls LORD help
    us from our selves

    October 22, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. Chuck Hendrix

    Can anyone really be surprised? This clown typifies the Republican party. The only difference between Akin and the rest of the Republicans, he is stupid enough to say what he thinks.

    October 22, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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