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. Jess Sayin

    I hope and pray that the good people of MO do not see this man as the kind of person who represents them and their interests. Your beautiful state deserves intelligent representation.

    October 22, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Akin doesn't represent the character and values of the people of Missouri.
    Missourians are better than this.

    I guess we'll see on election day will we not?? I really have the "Audacity of Hope" that my fellow Americans will turn out in droves to send people like Akin and the whole "right wing" back into the dark ages .... but by some of the posts on these boards ????? who knows?

    October 22, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. PVS

    akin: a christmas miracle

    October 22, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Comments like that and he is wondering why she doesn't act more "ladylike"? Thanks, but no thanks, Todd.

    October 22, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. honestuck

    This is perfect. A Republican candidate towing the party line. Women I hope you remember this on election day. No matter what they say, Republicans hate women.

    October 22, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. azdaddie

    What a class act . . .

    October 22, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. AK_steve

    This guy is slime. It is amazing and a bit of a disgrace that he actually has supporters. Way to go GOP you really pick some winners.

    October 22, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. Don

    One more classy Republican

    October 22, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. The REAL Truth...

    This is the same type of message the Republicans are spewing in all races across the country. From Akin's "legitimate rape" comment to Willards, TOTAL DISRESPECT for the POTUS in the last debate (sit down, you'll have your turn?, REALLY??) to this.. shows the complete polarization of the Republican party to extremist control. Reagan must be churning in his grave seeing what the Republican party has become. We seriously need to vote these people out of office and get some people that can actually reach across the aisle and reach compromise. If the Repugs gain control of anyything, remember that you'll get what the 1% paid for !!

    October 22, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. Romney is not My Hero

    Why doesn't Akin just come on out and say "I hate women" and get it over with?

    October 22, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. RobK

    And how is this minor analogy worse than Obama suggesting that Romney was responsible for the death of some factory worker's wife?

    October 22, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. 1termlimits

    Weather you are R or D or even maybe an I, Just remember we are Americans! It's time for TERM LIMITS!!!!!!

    October 22, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. Dave Harris

    This guy just gets crazier and crazier. Of course, that's what Republicans like about him. Maybe next he'll claim he's seen Jesus riding a dinosaur.

    October 22, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. Tim

    Do we want a senate controlled by Republicans like this man and a man in the White House who has "binders full of women"? I don't think so.

    October 22, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. Roger

    How could the people of Missouri ever consider electing this bigot to the US Senate? He epitomizes everything that is wrong with the Republican/Tea Party. Senator McCaskill should win this one by a landslide.

    October 22, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  16. Rosslaw

    Its a tremendous advantage for Akin to belong to a party where nothing you say can be regarded as too stupid and likely ends up energizing your base.

    October 22, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. Pander Bear

    Personally I think that Todd Akin is fantastic. But that's because I am a Democrat who wants Claire McCaskill to win.

    October 22, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. keithet

    There should be an intelligence test before you can run for office. Akin fits the lowest rung on the ladder.

    October 22, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. oy


    And how is this minor analogy worse than Obama suggesting that Romney was responsible for the death of some factory worker's wife?

    He didn't suggest that. That was someone from one of his Super PACS, which he has no control over.

    October 22, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. DaveC

    What absolutely amazes me is that this guy has a wife and three daughters. You really, really have to wonder what goes through their mind (and their friend's minds) when they hear Akin utter these disrespectful words. How the heck does someone like this even get elected in the first place?

    October 22, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  21. luke,az

    It's time to send a message to regessive Republicans around the country. Vote them out of office. This is not 1812. The women in my family have worked too hard than to be sent back into the dark ages by imbeciles like Todd Akin and Willard Romney.

    October 22, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. truth hurts

    What he said is very accurate though he might have wanted to use a different analogy. He want to just stick with calling her Obamaclaire as an example of one of the disasters she has brough t back to Missouri.

    October 22, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  23. sassysticks53

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

    LOL! It's the GOP mantra! "I made a mistake," "I misspoke," "I made a gaffe," "that was inelegantly spoken," etc. Akin is a kuckle-dragging Troglodyte!

    October 22, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  24. us_1776

    Akin is not playing with a full deck.

    There's obviously something wrong with this man.

    He talks like a 4th grader.

    Akin belongs on the Short Bus.


    October 22, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  25. Richard

    I wonder if someone compared his wife to a dog how would he feel. Just a man who is still stuck in the early 1920's with his crazy thoughts and ideas.

    October 22, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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