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. babs

    Right wing conservatisim is ruining the country just as fast as it can. And this nitwit is leading the charge.

    October 22, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. LittleBearFN

    sooooo? This guy lost total credibility.. Who cares what he says??

    October 22, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. ghostriter

    Last Night, That's not a fair assessment.

    It is quite funny that conservatives have Romnesia in spades. They forgot what happened that got us to the recession in 2008, the recession its' self and what has happened since then.

    In other words, to blame this guy for the recession and it's results (higher welfare rolls, lower salaries, high unemployment) as it pertains to his policies when he wasn't in charge before 2009 and quite a few of his proposals were shot down by republicans is not an accurate assessment. Republicans are running on that and hoping no one notices the guy behind the curtain.

    October 22, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. Joe Kenya

    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!

    GO BACK TO SUNDAY SCHOOL Jesus had a host of women that supported him and he supported and included them in his ministry. This idea of 2nd class citizenship is OVER.

    October 22, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. Joe Kenya

    this man is just like Romney and God forbid if he becomes the President, because he or his son Tagg or the rest of the family have no respect for the Presidency, to think that he wants to slug the president is beyond repulsive! These are the product of rich peoples Affirmative Action – Common Sence For Dummy's

    October 22, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. fastrack1

    Hey, Jesus is on the way person. Look around, this is not simply a "christian nation". For anyone considering Christianity, Akin's view as women as dogs and "legitamate rape" should make a normal person run for the Agnostic/Atheistic Hills. We've come a long way, baby, and we're not going backwards to 1912, no matter how many narrow-minded, bible-thumpers preach from your bully pulpit. FORWARD!

    October 22, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. contessa

    The best solution for the United States of America, for this election, would be to "round up" all of these radical Republicans, that profess to be Christians, put them on a boat to Alaska, and send Sarah Palin and the "entire Republican Party", on a "dead end cruise" to the moon!!

    October 22, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. just sayin

    i wish todd akin would not insult dogs this way. mans best friend does not deserve to be compared to mccaskill.

    October 22, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. Dan Hart

    Just when I think Akin can't make a dumber statement, he does.

    October 22, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. Kevin

    It sounds like he made a good analogy to me. McKaskill is like a dog playing fetch for her Democrat lackeys!!! That is all Democrats can say: Pay more taxes - Pay more taxes. It's like a broken record. It's like telling someone to get a fourth and fifth job rather than cutting back on what you are spending.....

    October 22, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. Laurie in Spokane

    This moron can't open his mouth without putting some appendage in it. AND, what person in their right mind actually cares what he says? He's lost his election already with his rapist remarks earlier.

    October 22, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. Jon

    This guy just gets classier and classier

    October 22, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. Wake up People!

    Now who in their right mind would vote for Mr. legitimate rape??? Huh, one of you gals that can"just shut that down"??? I swear everyone in the GOP needs psychiatric help. Especially if you are a woman.......

    OBAMA 2012!

    October 22, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  14. derp

    Does a dog have that same cool anti r a p e secretion thing that human females have?

    October 22, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. Mike

    As a moderate conservative, I fouund Atkin's initial comments repugnant and so far from based on any fact that I could not trust another word out of his mouth. It's a disgrace he's running still and it's as a Republican by name only as the party has all but disowned him.

    That said, to claim 1 nut job who slipped through the cracks represents all Republicans is equally absurd. If you do, maybe we should take Biden at his word about putting blacks back in chains since "he always means what he says." Follow that up with the 100 other stupid things he's said that somehow get passed off as "Joe being Joe" instead of pure stupidity and not presidential.

    October 22, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. paid4pres

    Foul rhetoric is quite the common denominator of the cons. They use hate and emotional verbiage of absolutely no intellectual importance and their minions follow thoughtlessly.

    October 22, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. umm

    Well, I guess the Constitution does guarantee the people of Missouri two Senators. Seems like there would be a point where the people get embarrassed by his antics.....

    October 22, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. FactsRBad

    Are we really surprised that ignorant comments continue to flow from Mr. Akin's mouth?

    October 22, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. Kweso

    It seems that whoever is sitting with Akin in the photo has serious reservation about being there.

    October 22, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. The Realist

    We know someone who crashed an Akin fund-raiser a few weeks ago.

    When he tired of holding a picket sign outside, he made a successful entry.

    Shortly after taking advantage of the snack selection, he was discovered and escorted out.

    He'd been easy enough to spot, the only male person there who wasn't wearing jacket & tie.

    He stood out in one other significant respect: the size of his waistline.

    Evidently, with the exception of Akin himself, everyone there was obese.

    The original Fat Cats ... there in person.

    October 22, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. ghostriter

    Mike and other conservatives wishing to distance themselves from Akin, sorry, you can't.

    You see, you guys tried to get him to quit. Not because you thought what he said was bad, but bad enough to lose that seat. Once it became apparent that he wasn't, you went back to supporting him. That is kinda telling. The seat itself is more important that the person sitting in it. The republican party is more important than the country.

    Of course, it didn't help when republicans made his statements on abortion their convention's centerpiece. Or that Romney selected a VP candidate who supported legislation along the same lines. Or that the republican stance has pretty much been in line with all the above anyway. So to say that Akin does not represent all republicans, when MOST republicans believe as he does, is about as illogical as....well...most conservative thinking is.

    October 22, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. Jesus is the only way

    All you nay-sayers and "so-called" Christians who think women are equal to men are in for a big surprise! God created Eve FROM Adam, so women will always be indebted to men for providing them an existence. A woman in a leadership position, or in a position of authority over men, is abhorrent and sinful in the eyes of the almighty God. Women should stay home and keep the house and kids for their husband. If a woman gets out of line, it's up to her husband to correct her. Too bad this Godly relationship will never happen for McCaskill, for her Christian husband would have corrected her a long time ago.

    October 22, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  23. walleye46

    Anyone even considering this idiot for any public office needs to visit a psychiatrist. This Akin is totally from another world.

    October 22, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  24. AgrippaMT

    The only dog in the Missouri Senate race is Todd Akin himself. He is a true cur.

    October 22, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. Wake up People!

    Oh please, the only reason the GOP moved away from him publicly, is because it's election time. The people running the GOP feel EXACTLY as he does. And to try and compare this nutjob with VP Biden is like comparing apples to squash. Thanks to Bush, most blacks were not very far from being in chains, after so many of us lost our jobs. Face it this is not your grandpas GOP. The new GOP is now nutjob central. Anytime you refuse to work across the aisle and would prefer to see the country fail instead of working to better us, THERE IS A HUGE PROBLEM!

    OBAMA 2012!

    October 22, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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