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. rl-mich

    I am just amazed there are people who will vote for this person. THe is a prime example of what is wrong with blind loyality to any party. A person that votes for this guy has to have an attitude "any thing is better than a Democrat" and that is just DUMB!! We need more independent voters in this country!!

    October 22, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. Malcolm in St Louis

    ask him about his legislative achievements....Nada four or five or terms and nothing to show for it. He was too busy voting against things to do anything constructive while he was there. He is an empty suit.

    As for the people of Missouri you should come down here and visit some places in the southern half of the State. You can see what one of the lowest spends on education gets you, meth houses, puppy mills etc.

    October 22, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. Sniffit

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

    Because Obama didn't do that AND he condemned it. That was an ad made by a PAC, NOT by Obama's campaign, and the PACs and campaigns are not allowed to corrdinate. Nuance. Get some.

    October 22, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. TomInRochNY

    Akins: the republican gift that just keeps on giving.

    October 22, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. JeffinIL

    Akin will win in MO. They love him and they don't care for Claire.

    October 22, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. James klimaski

    In Missouri statements like that win him votes. He is probably pulling ahead now with that comment.

    October 22, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. Joe Kenya

    This Man sure knows a lot about women, I wonder who his mother is??????????

    October 22, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. TheAlaskaCurmudgeon

    Where do they find these people? And why does the Republican Party keep running them for office?

    October 22, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. rs

    Republicans should be embarrassed to death that Akin not only represents their brand, but the Ryan co-sponsors his bills in the House.

    October 22, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. GOP is broken!

    Republicans must start voting for candidates based on character, compassion, wisdom and humanity. Just selecting candidates because of their skin color, gender or Party affiliation is destroying the Party. That allows billionaires who care nothing about the character of candidates to manipulate voters by preying upon hot-button issues and fear. Akin is an ignorant bigot who considers women subordinate to men. Is that what people of Missouri really want?

    October 22, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. Cedar Rapids

    "What she should be doing is taking the common sense that we see in Missouri"
    what common sense? the sort that reckons a women's reproductive system shuts down during rape?

    October 22, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. PJ

    And Akin is like a Rapist who keeps getting parole instead of the electric chair.

    October 22, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. steve

    The guy is a complete tool, plain and simple. Then again, many in Congress are.

    October 22, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. allens

    i wonder if he would have said that about a man? i am thinking the way in to the gop party is to display as much ignorance and hatred as possible. .can this be what america wants representing us in washington? we can do so much better

    October 22, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  15. Robyn123

    Please vote all of the Republicans out the House and Senate. They all feel this way about women! Akins just had the balls to say it! And of course the good people of Missouri are not fooled by this Jerk!

    October 22, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  16. cosprons

    Akin, you are a moron whose intelligence is less than that of a dog (no insult to dogs intended). Such a complete idiot and bigot I have not seen for some time (unless considering the rest of the Republican party)! Obviously, your family tree was somehow stunted aong the evolutionary progressive line somewhere, Return to the middle ages from which thou stemst!

    October 22, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. taomi1

    It seems pastor and Romney alike change their courses as we advance in the election. How about not picking the word of God and using it to your convenience. Use the whole Bible and apply it to yourselves. None of you pastors are sinless. We all says the word of the Almighty God fall short. Please stop the hatred towards the president of the United States. The Bible clearly says submit to the authority. Republicans have done everything, but that. Let's educate ourselves and unite as one nation. We are not in the 60's. We are in 2012.

    October 22, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. ClaudiaL

    Lord help us survive the GOP candidates who stand for bigotry, self-promotion and pure loathing of females. Akin & Allen West should not even be contenders.

    October 22, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  19. Highly_Amused

    Can YOU say "blithering lDlOT"!???...

    October 22, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  20. Last night's matchup: A failure vs. a Liar

    I'm pretty amazed the GOP conceded this seat as a loss; was there a procedural bar against them trying to launch another candidate after Akin's abortion/ rape comments or something? B/c he already didn't stand a chance before this fetch comment, although McCaskill is completely beatable by a candidate who doesn't trip himself up along the way. She's pretty atrocious, and one of the worst pork barrellers going.

    October 22, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  21. L

    This man seriously might be suffering from dementia like Alzheimers. He is scary, in his truly backward thinking, and the inability to control his his mouth. He is so out of touch with reality. He is not thinking trough his statements and how the general public will react to his comments. He is not fit to serve in public office.

    October 22, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  22. Jerry Lemieux

    If the bottom feeding, societal parasites who support Obama can call Romney a felon, what is wrong with referring to McCaskill as a dog?

    October 22, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Ah Republicans. Lieing so often they cannot tell truth from fiction and then, on very rare occasions, bursting forth with their real opinions, no matter how foolish and bigoted it appears to everyone else in America. Akin is simply the one Republican who has a very virulent strain of the truthfulness disease. As a result, the rest of the Republicans are distancing themselves from him as rapidly as possible. Women in Aikenland can think themselve out of pregnancy, which is odd since women are dogs in Aikenland
    The rest of the Republicans are not much better. What with Mitt only resposible for the 53% of Americans he feels are worthy and not releasing his taxes so the citizens won't find out about how much money he hides from his own government. And Ryan lieing about his athletic endeavors, fakeing assisting in a food bank for fraudulent photo op and prevaricating his way through the entire Vice-Presidential debate making statement after statement that had no basis in facts. Not even Republifacts, those lies that are repeated over and over and over again until they become become indisguishable fro the truth to those folks that don't think on their own. (Like Republicans are the party of God, even though God judges the person–not their political affiliation. Republicans are the party of the military, even though most wars are ended by Democrats–WWII, Afganistan, Iraq. Republicans are the party of fiscal responsibility when Democrats brought us out of the Great Depression, balanced the budget after Kuwait and are bringing posterity back now after two wars and 911)

    October 22, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  24. Last night's matchup: A failure vs. a Liar

    "Robyn123
    Please vote all of the Republicans out the House and Senate. They all feel this way about women! Akins just had the balls to say it! And of course the good people of Missouri are not fooled by this Jerk!"

    I wouldn't equate all Republicans with Akin. Nor would I equate anyone's views on women in general with their opinions on McCaskill, who's pretty atrocious and needs to be defeated, if the GOP hadn't have let this fool continue running. But we get it. You're a democrat, and assume Akin's views are those of the party as a whole. I bet you have your "Binder full of women" costume all set for Halloween, am I right?

    October 22, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  25. Sirned

    Aspirin between woman's knees for contraception, binders of woman and now this... This new crop of Republicans are Taliban grown....Scary

    October 22, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
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