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)

    Akin is not what we need in any public office. I just hope Demint retires soon. I hope Rand Paul's pace is NOT supporting Akin because I will never put him in a high if he is.

    October 22, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Akin does a pretty lousy impersonation of a human being...

    October 22, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  3. truth hurts

    Khaleeshi - Typical republican tea bagger – why do people vote for this loser?
    Because McCaskill is a bigger loser. And she voted for Obamacare. If she gets re-elected the repeal of Obamacare might be endangered. Remember that when you vote people of Missouri. Throw OUT Obamaclaire AND Obamacare.

    October 22, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. what's up missouri?

    How do Missouri people even let this sbag run? wow.

    October 22, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. Really?

    Oh, look everyone. Akin himself is here posting, and calling himself "Jesus is the only way".

    What a nut case.

    October 22, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. ClarasBeau

    How embarrassing it must be for Missouri (or at least the SENSIBLE in Missouri) to contemplate that this man could even be in the running, to represent their state in the Senate.

    October 22, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |

    This guy owns Mitt the twit. If you vote for Mitt the twit, you get fours years of this.

    October 22, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. Larry

    This is no different than supporting mark foley or larry craig. The republicans are so desperate to win a majority that they will vote for candidates who are total idiots, or perform acts or actions they preach that they abhor.

    October 22, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. RainCityLady

    Wow. This guy just can't stop putting his foot in his mouth, and it's always something that diminishes women. What a loser.

    October 22, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |

    Time to sweep the unhinged GOBP tea potty out of the government that they hate so much.

    October 22, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  11. Tracy

    Just can't buy stupid....

    October 22, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. Lando

    You're finished Akin.....don't waste your time...people have brains..you don't..

    October 22, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  13. ghostriter

    Truth hurts is defending Akin calling McCaskill a dog by saying that if she can't take the heat, then get outta the kitchen.

    Yet I'd bet when Bill Maher called Palin a few nasty names, he was the 1st to complain.


    October 22, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  14. Tracy

    But what's more funny is how Romney suckered those uneducated tea baggers into believing he was all the way to the right.. Now he is shifted back to the center, so it doesn't matter which candidate you get (my preference and vote are for Obama), portions of abortion will be legal, Obamacare will NOT be repeal entirely, and Mexicans will get a path to citizenship... LOL to all the tea baggers. He pulled the wool over you all's eyes to get the nomination...

    October 22, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    And Akin is a pile of dogsh-t. Period.

    October 22, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. Steve S

    Missouri needs to bag Akin, and take out the trash.

    October 22, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  17. Frank Boothe

    It is clear that some people here enjoy paying higher taxes for the purpose of providing health care for everyone. So, get rid of O'care and keep paying for it...you must all be insurance execs. As for Akin, I would rather be a dog than a pig like him...

    October 22, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. 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 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. Jean Sartre

    No wonder the Republicans do such a poor job in governance... they HATE GOVERNMENT... and all they have to offer is Todd Akin's!

    October 22, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  20. Alina77

    You know I don't care if you a Republican woman or a Democrat , this POS Akin has no respect TO ANY OF YOU...

    Missouri must be crazy to send person like this to represent them...

    October 22, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. djdjdjs

    Teapublicans. Doesn't say a whole lot for voter IQ's.

    October 22, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  22. Greg

    McCaskill is so unpopular in Missouri that most would vote for a dead dog before her. Her whole history is nothing but political ladder climbing (most here were sickened by her obvious pandering to Obama in the last election, hoping, no doubt, for some cabinet position). When she ran for governor, it came out how her husband ran a nursing home accused of mistreating residents and defrauding the government (that cost her that election). Her family has made lots of money off government stimulous money. If Akin wins (and he very well may) it is because McCaskill is seen by Missourians for what she is – an opportunistic phoney trying to appear as a political moderate.

    October 22, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  23. RayJacksonMS

    He's nothing more than the typical republican piece of trash except for one thing, he's too stupid to hide his outdated ignorant republican ideals.

    October 22, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  24. The Real Tom Paine

    -truth hurts

    Khaleeshi – Typical republican tea bagger – why do people vote for this loser?
    Because McCaskill is a bigger loser. And she voted for Obamacare. If she gets re-elected the repeal of Obamacare might be endangered. Remember that when you vote people of Missouri. Throw OUT Obamaclaire AND Obamacare.
    Right. Working to make sure that people don't get dropped for pre-existing conditions is such a crime. One the other hand, you have a man who says women can shut down conceiving during rape and thinks that abortions have occurred even when women have not been pregnant. With Akin, you have a social degenerate and a true science fiction writer, someone who makes up scientific facts to support his wierd, pathetic and perverted social theories. But remember, its more important to keep sick people from getting insurance, eh? Twist and lie, that's the GOP way!

    October 22, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Akin's comments on rape have no validity in science. He was trying to state a medical phenomenon that does not exist to justify his odd and mean comments on abortion. He might fool some people, but he cannot fool us doctors. Shame on Missouri Republicans for letting this man represent the Republican Party.

    October 22, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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