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. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Just can't buy stupid....
    Actually you can...lol!

    October 22, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. Barry from Wisconsin

    This (Akin) is an example of what happens when people mindlessly vote for a party – rather than the best qualified person.

    I doubt if people in the Congressman's district are brain dead. Blind party voting is, I think, the only explanation of hope someone with no brains and cuckoo thought processes could be elected and reelected.

    October 22, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Based on the few glimpses that we've been aforded into Akin's intellect, beliefs, and poltics I am just as interested in the results of the race in Missouri as I am in the presidential election.
    It would interest me to know if the people from the Show-Me-State are ready to show us how enlightened they are, or will they prove the the stereotype to hold true.

    October 22, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. 4sanity

    Todd Akin – proof positive that evolution doesn't exist. Who knew the Creationists were correct !

    October 22, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. gee

    This guy missed out when brains were issued.

    October 22, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. Wow

    How does he not fall down more? I mean, really, how can a person be that out of touch with reality, and a sense of common decency, as to speak about a fellow candidate. Oh, wait...McCaskill is a woman, so it really should be no surprise that Akin views her as a dog given his understanding of female anatomy and body functions. Let's only hope he doesn't believe like that crazy man, Steve King, from Iowa...if he does, next thing we'll hear is that he's trying to put McCaskill in a dog fighting ring so his kids have some entertainment. The depth of peoples' stupidity and ignorance never ceases to amaze me. The saddest part is that I have always self-identified as a Republican. I just don't get how so many people think it is acceptable to give corporations, etc., more freedom than people, and how so many people actually WANT the government telling them how to structure their social lives, and what to believe. If we let politicians tell us what we can do with our own bodies, and our private religions, at what point do we lose the right to complain when a party that believes differently is elected and enforces its own social agenda?

    October 22, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. Wow...part II

    "...fellow candidate like that."

    October 22, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. midnitejax

    The only thing more embarrassing than Akin being from my state, is that the Republicans in our state have selected him for a serious run at a serious seat, at a serious time. When the RNC and the GOP presidential candidate, and his running mate distance themselves from you as a party member, it's time to reflect on your shortcomings.

    October 22, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. derp

    I wonder if dogs can tell the difference legitimate and fake ra pe.

    October 22, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  10. realitybites

    Missouri FiveThirtyEight Projections Dem Rep Margin
    Polling average 46.2 44.4 McCaskill +1.8
    Adjusted polling average 47.9 43.5 McCaskill +4.4
    State fundamentals 47.9 43.8 McCaskill +4.1
    Now-cast 47.9 43.6 McCaskill +4.3
    Projected vote share 51.1 46.8 McCaskill +4.3
    Chance of winning 87% 13%
    Polls 538 WT. Date Dem Rep Margin
    Rasmussen 10/17 51.0 43.0 McCaskill +8.0
    Wenzel Strategies 10/13 45.0 49.0 Akin +4.0
    YouGov 10/11 47.0 42.0 McCaskill +5.0
    PPP * 10/3 46.0 40.0 McCaskill +6.0
    Rasmussen 10/2 51.0 45.0 McCaskill +6.0


    October 22, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  11. Jack

    Wow. Just when you think this guy couldnt say anything more stupid than he already did. I am wondering if he is throwing the election since I cant imagine this will make him more endearing to undecided voters.

    October 22, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  12. tct

    Akin isn't legitimate, if he was his parents wouldn't have been married.

    October 22, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  13. Thomas

    Romney / Akin 2012

    We refer to women as dogs only when it comes to taxes !

    October 22, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  14. wildernessyes

    Missouri – Is this the best Republican you have? You are doing the nation real proud.

    October 22, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  15. IndeePendant

    Akin's views on women and their status in society – That's how much he values women in his life, including his mother /wife. Does he have sisters /daughters? do they put up with him too? The ladies at his home must be having really low low self-esteem. Who are these voters who cast their votes for him? hmm...

    October 22, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  16. Taskmaster

    The dog should sue for being compared to a democrat.

    October 22, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  17. ilia

    Just sent more money to McCaskill campaign compliments of mr. Akin.

    October 22, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  18. Charles

    As a Missouri resident, I am thoroughly embarrassed by this man. But, the sad truth is that a person like him can spout any kind of hateful and insulting language that he wants and it will be ignored by those that vote only one issue: anti-abortion. If Jack the Ripper or Hitler ran for office, but were opposed to abortion, they would get the anti-abortion vote from people who should be smart enough to know better.

    October 22, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  19. mommytwice

    Mr. Akin is an embarrassment to my state and I am ashamed he is in any way associated with Missouri.

    October 22, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  20. rrobinson

    I live in missouri and I will be voting democrat, but he's saying this to a congresswoman, but why are the other repbulicans able to disrespect our President and not be called out about it. Is it because he's Black. I mean for the past 4years, President Obama has been yelled at, talked about interrupted, just out right disrespected. Even threatened I think something should be done about this. You just don't see others in other countries even dare do this to their President, why do we allow that in America. For Shame.

    October 22, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  21. Pat in IL

    I can't imagine anybody with a brain voting for this idiot. He is so out of control that I honestly think he needs professional help for his mental health.

    October 22, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  22. Randy, San Francisco

    Akin shares similar views about women as the Taliban.

    October 22, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  23. wjmccartan

    This guy is a real funny man, and his lackey Tyler is even is even better, you know when this is all over someone should have both their butts in civil court. Romney should do himself a favor and apologize on national TV to the women of America for Akin and Tyler's remarks. As we all know though right or wrong they'll do everything and anything to get their party elected. These cro-magnum leftovers should be reconstituted back into the mass of microbes and who knows in ten or a hundred thousand maybe they will come back a little smater. Tools

    Lucic One

    October 22, 2012 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  24. Jeff

    Can somebody buy Todd Akin a shovel? He just keeps digging.

    October 22, 2012 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  25. ohio

    voters of this state please don't elect this man. A dog would do a better job!
    where are these current republican candidates coming from? Mandel too!
    Romney! These people are not good candidates! Please elect McCaskill.
    What kind of country are we becoming? The world will think we have gone
    crazy. And who could blame them.

    October 22, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
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