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. Sal

    The whole republican party is very mean spirited, and I find it very difficult to understand how anybody can vote for these republicans! 

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

    The story of the 2012 US presidential elections is akin to the story of a great mother with 2 kids. This mother took great care of her kids and made huge sacrifices for them. Every 4 years, the 2 kids 'campaign' for the privilege to host and care for mother for the next 4years – with the extended family voting

    The first son R had the mother for 8 years and during that period she aged, became sic
    k due to lack of proper care and R's disposition to be cater to his elite friends rather than spend time with mother. D – the other son campaigned that if he gets the chance to host and care for mother, he will take better care of her – build her a grandma chalet, buy her a chauffeur driven car, get her the best doctor to care for her, make sure she sees the world and have a great life. D campaigned and made these promises over a 2 year period because he loved his mother and aspired to give her the best.

    A few days before the election, mother went into a cardiac arrest induced coma. D won the election and got her in this terrible state. Of course, D spent his all his time, energy, resources and emotions to save mother's life; while R – still smarting from an election loss refused to help D care for mother despite the fact that mama was in a coma. After 2 years mama came out of a coma and with the help of rehab got stronger gradually over the next 2 years

    As the next election approached, R began to slam D. R argued that mother doesn't have a new house and car yet, has not seen the world and was not better than what she was 10 years ago. R said D broke his promises. R conveniently forgot he handed over a comatose mother and never helped to care for her. R loves to quote stats on mother's blood pressure, bank balance and other indicators of health and well being without referencing the state in which mother was handed over to D – almost dead

    R is Republican Romney, D is the Democratic Obama and Mother is the United States. The question is : Does D deserve credit for getting mother back on her feet, even if she is not in her best condition yet? Does R have a right to attack D when he was responsible for mother's coma and never helped to care for her when she was in a coma? Does R deserve to have mother back when he didn't help and when he intends to feed her the same food and introduce her to the lifestyle that got her sick in the first instance? R complained that D squandered the family savings and incurred debt to save her life, when he was using the savings to entertain his elite friend and live the good life.

    You decide. Who should have mother for the next four years?

    October 22, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. fernace

    Aside from obviously having No respect for women, unless we're in the kitchen cooking & shutting our mouths, he's also a creationist who believes the earth is 6000 years old! Yet this man is on the Science Committee! How can we expect to compete in the world arena w/these types of loons in our government! I pity the people of Missouri if he wins! He does Not have their best interest in mind, but wants to further his extremist agenda, 1 shared by way too many of his GOTP brethren! Obama better win or we'll all be subjected to this kind of craziness! Obama Nov 6!!

    October 22, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. hilroy

    If this woman was my mother I would have to teach him the fundamentals of boxing. When to put them up and when to take them down. Then I will come in from his blind side and knock this idiot out cold.

    October 22, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. norma jean

    Akin can call McCaskill what ever he likes and not hurt her one bit/....... ... This is a man that is a disgrace among men..... His thinking is poluted and no woman takes him seriously except to see him as a sleize!!!!... Anyone that would vote for him is not only confused but has to be someone who cannot read nor understand what he reads...This is sick...I've been around for a very long time and associated with doctors and this mans theories are something i have NEVER heard and would NEver believe... Get Lost Akin!!! You're a loser!!!!
    !

    October 22, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. Mike

    Keep it classy USA. With all the flip-flop shoes and sweat pants to restaurants.....we have a long way to go.

    October 22, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  7. Marie MD

    Can anyone for just one nanosecond imagine what the rethugs would say or do if a Democrat had said that about one of their own?
    We would hear about it ad nauseum from tub of lard limberger and faux news and all the teapublikkklans talking heads.
    They would be relentless! I hope the people of MO wake up to this so called "man"

    October 22, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This man respects no woman, your wife or your daughter, republican or democrat, he just doesn't respect women. Akin makes my skin crawl and I wouldn't want him around any child or female, he's got some serious unresolved issues with women and it just didn't start now.

    October 22, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. TheVoice2

    We already know how he feels about women. This is just a reminder.

    October 22, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  10. SFRich

    The man is dumber than a doorknob.

    October 22, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. Hahahahahhahahaha

    Akin is the devil. So you wanna play fetch devil? Go get it boy!!! Good boy!!!!!!!!! Now go lay down by your dish and STFU!!!!! Hahahahahahahah

    October 22, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. Vader

    Akin, another paragon of "New Republican leadership" and an example of the quality of people that seem to embody the TP mentality (or at least the pitchfork wielding mob faction).

    October 22, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. lolo

    This man is a nut along with the rest of the KKK party. You have got to be a slow thinker to even vote for these nut case republicans. People wake up, the repblican party has imploded. They only care about party and greed.

    October 22, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  14. Last night's matchup: A failure vs. a Liar

    "Josylad
    The story of the 2012 US presidential elections is akin to the story of a great mother with 2 kids. This mother took great care of her kids and made huge sacrifices for them. Every 4 years, the 2 kids 'campaign' for the privilege to host and care for mother for the next 4years – with the extended family voting "

    Sweet mother of God that was long winded, and a really inaccurate analogy.

    October 22, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. steve-0

    You can not be a patriot and vote tea party but you can be filth and vote tea party

    October 22, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  16. history bear

    I'm an independent, mostly moderate voter, but if the State of Missouri sends this inbred moron to the US Senate, then they deserve the reputation as uneducated hillbillys.

    October 22, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. Not this time

    The truth is he wanted to use another word to describe her, somewhere along the definition of a female dog. That is his opinion of any women who defies him or who speaks up for her rights. Good Job Missouri Republicans, thanks for putting your best foot forward.. thanks for first saying you would not support this man, and then change your mind and excuse him for a "slip of the tongue." Excuse me, but when a man puts forth legislation trying to define rape as "forcible rape" and then talks about "legitimate rape" you are a person who has thought out your comments and simply said them outloud. Huckabee has been added to my list of women haters.

    October 22, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. chupacabra

    Dog eh......to Todd akins and all other repugnants I say " Bite Me"

    October 22, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Calling her a dog, huh? This is going to really add to his credability.

    October 22, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  20. Babyboomer

    Clearly Akin has issues. I find it strange how we can see when an ordinary person is mentally deranged but have trouble accepting the fact that our pols can have some of the same problems. They are only men and women, flesh and blood. Truth be told, I think this guy is mentally unstable and what we can not have is someone like that holding political office. People of Missouri, please look at this situation carefully and do the right thing.

    October 22, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  21. ray

    pathological liar , king of flip floppers, hypocrite, racists romney is going to lie his way into the white house and the white people loves it. talk about values and morals, hahahah do and say anything to get the african american president out the white house.

    October 22, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. truth hurts

    SO WHAT!! He can call her a dog or compare her to a dog all he wants. All you clowns think she should get treated differently because she's a woman?!! What hypocritical BS. If she can't take the heat then get out of the kitchen! If it was a guy in office, this wouldn't be an issue. But as usual, the leftist womens libbers that want to scream women are equal to men are all bent out of shape and demanding special treatment for Obamaclaire because she's female. Suck it up losers. Politics ain't bean bag.

    October 22, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. sunpacific

    If Todd "legitimate rape" Akin calls his opponent a dog, what should we call him? After all, he's the guy who partnered with Mitt's VP pick, Paul Ryan, to co-sponsor a bill which introduced the category of "forcible rape". Wait, isn't all rape forced? Not according to Ryan & Akin. Unfortunately, I cannot type what we should call Akin since it would not be printable; suffice it to say that the word begins with the letter 'a', contains a double 's', and ends with hole.

    October 22, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  24. West Coast

    Chuck Hendrix

    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.

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    Typical liberal response. Of course when Biden called the GOP squealing pigs, I'm sure that you were fine with that. Biden typifies the Democrat party by his antics too, dont you think?

    October 22, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  25. Khaleeshi

    Typical republican tea bagger – why do people vote for this loser?

    October 22, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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