(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.
Watch CNN's coverage of Monday's third and final presidential debate starting at 7 p.m. ET on CNN TV, CNN.com and via CNN's apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. Web users can become video editors with our clip-and-share feature that allows them to share favorite debate moments on Facebook and Twitter. Join the discussion on our live blog, and get comprehensive coverage on our debates page. Need other reasons to watch the debate on CNN's platforms? Click here for our list.
– Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker
– Check out the CNN Electoral Map and Calculator and game out your own strategy for November.
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.
Todd Akin...the gift that keeps on giving
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.
I think this guy should be nutered!! He is a joke!!
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
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.
This chap, not sure whether he has a problem with women or he simply is arrogant.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The same man who believes in 'legitimate rape' believes that women are dogs fit only to play 'fetch'. Remember that.
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!!!!!
Unfortunately there is a large "Backwards" portion of this country that believes this is "Common Sense".
He'll fit in well with the other Repub. Senators.
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!
I really don't like you, Mr. Akin.
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?
Is Mr. Akin style and persona of a public servant representative of the Republican Party? His arrogance is overflowing
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
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.
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.
Wow, he should just NEVER speak publicly. Maybe not at all.
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.
wonder y our economy is bad,people like this idiot represnt us.pls LORD help
us from our selves
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.