October 22nd, 2012
11:03 AM ET
5 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. Bart Brown

    As TomInRochNY notes, Turd Akin is "the republican gift that just keeps on giving."

    I hope Akin doesn't drop out, though - there's nothing more entertaining than watching a Fascist dig his own political grave.

    As a side note - what is it with Republican candidates and their hair? The men all have some fantasyland comb-over like Turd here, or a cheap rug like John Boner, and the women seem to alternate between lank-limp-lifeless brainless-bad-hair-day Ann Coulter or some Way-Back Machine early '80s "Dallas" bouffant?

    October 22, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. Kansas Dem

    It never ceases to amaze me how many people find Akin acceptable, and consider him representative of themselves. This country is going downhill so fast because of idiots like Akin in positions that affect policy. Right wing conservatisim is going to destroy this country through ignorance, gullibility, and shear stupidity.

    October 22, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. curious

    It's time local politicians take responsibility and stop passing the buck to Washington.

    October 22, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. WhereIsPalin

    Palin was the low point of the Republican party. But this guy could challenge her.

    October 22, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. Mighty Mighty Mittens

    aken is a disgrace, even for a republicon

    October 22, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. allens

    america needs to rebel against these extremist groups and candidates. this is a very scary takeover of all that is right in america. these guys and organizations like ryan, huey, tea party, aiken must not be allowed to steer this country to h–l

    October 22, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. Hillcrester

    No wonder McCaskill is leading, but by an amazingly small 5.0 point margin.

    October 22, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. J. Davis in Knoxville, TN

    This Akin guy is the typical right-wing fundamentalist who brags about his faith then bashes women. That's not Christianity to me. To call a woman a dog is despicable and just plain rude. I hope Claire wins by a landslide in Missouri.

    October 22, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. Lulu

    Wow, if he wins, it will be hard to understand the intelligence of the people who voted for him ! That will be sad.

    October 22, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. allens

    speaking of extremist in the republican party, did you see where darrell issa released confidential cables to the news to make a point (how ever wrong the point was)

    October 22, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  11. Jesus is the only way

    I don't find fault with what Akin said; it's supported by the Bible. Akin has the strength of faith to say what needs to be said. This is a Christian nation, people. Don't vote in favor of evil! or you'll be punished!

    October 22, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. Are you kidding me?

    Shameful. What year is this?

    October 22, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. LacrosseMom

    Always amazed at how these so-called-Christians like to put women down!

    Akin, I pray, YOU LOSE!

    October 22, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain: Hey, networks, fact-check the debates in real-time and put it in the crawl!

    Funny how Akin and all these Repubs fear-monger with their threats of "socialism" and call for "small government" and "rugged individualism" when Red states benefit from a one-way flow of dollars from Washington, a federal gravy train disproportionately provided by blue state taxpayers.

    October 22, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. ray

    what's news on the right and with the right? nothing, these people on the right has the same mentality, call the president all the names and attack the left, what shame. the white people wants this president out the white house so bad they sell all the red meat to there base so they will buy into this racists, lying, hypocrite romney attack so the will vote against there own intrest to have the african american defeat.

    October 22, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. Grace

    If Missouri votes this cretin back in, the state should have it's statehood revoked.

    October 22, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  17. ja

    this man ranks with whale manure (taliban in suit & tie), and ia joke, if the citizens reelect him it is a sad day in the world,

    October 22, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  18. Bill

    Akin loses November 6, plain and simple.

    October 22, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. FedUp

    Has this man been checked for a brain tumor lately? I'm serious.

    October 22, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. Last night's matchup: A failure vs. a Liar

    The fact that this is even a race still is owed largely to the fact that the majority of this country is underwhelmed at best with Obama's job performance, and is at least seriously kicking the tires on being rid of him in November. McCaskill is awful enough that she should be getting beat by a solid opponent who doesn't make such verbal miscues as Akin. But there's no WAY it should be only about a 5 point spread between McCaskill and Akin. that says one thing: America is shockingly close to rejecting the results at the very least of the Obama agenda.

    October 22, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  21. simp

    I dont see how any woman can vote for any of these idiot republicians, especially that lying romney. Ladies you better wake up, you want the black man out just because he's black, that's your only excuese put romney in the WH and women will be suffering the next 4 years. WAKE UP WOMEN!!!!!!

    October 22, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. 'Tonight Show'

    It seems both political-parties have their comedians.....Obama likes to appear on shows..."Tonight Show..Letterman..The View...Jon Stewart...If Obama doesn't stop soon he will run out of Shows...and Camgaign material...!...Akin the GOP-comedian..what can we say a Candidate full of "satire"...and an idiotic tongue....!

    October 22, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. EddyL

    Akin is a complete and total JERK.

    October 22, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain: Hey, networks, fact-check the debates in real-time and put it in the crawl!

    @Grace: "If Missouri votes this cretin back in, the state should have it's statehood revoked."

    No, they should not receive any federal aid.

    October 22, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  25. Dan

    Makes me sick to my stomach that Akin and Ryan co-wrote legislation with the term "forcible rape".

    They were the only members of Congress involved and "forcible rape" was their terminology.

    Rape is rape and no matter how you try to change things, the fact is Ryan wanted to say some rape is not forcible.

    October 22, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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