October 22nd, 2012
11:03 AM ET
8 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. OhMy

    @Annie..... no you've got it wrong 70% of the people who voted in that STUPID election voted against it. Only about 11% of registered voters voted. I did not vote because it was a waste of time. You cannot not change it at the state level. The only thing you can do is not accept the funds at the state level. Now there's something really smart let's not let the people who need healthcare have it in the state of Missouri.

    October 22, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  2. canadianscot

    I wonder how many women are employed in his office. Probably they are still in his binder, being considered.

    October 23, 2012 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  3. Don

    This guy just doesn't get it – can he go a week without disrespecting American women? Akin needs to ask himself if his Mom would approve of what he's saying...

    October 23, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. B.

    Akin is a incompetent disgrace to politics and public service!

    October 23, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. Bill

    "Akin is "No" different than any other Gop/Tea bagger! Their all a danger to America and Democracy! Obama-Biden 2012

    October 23, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. CJG

    OMG ....this man is living in the past....he is so aweful

    How could any woman vote for such a backward thinking man!

    Problem is many in this party are the same , this is a scary time in America!

    October 23, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. Steve Kellmeyer

    McCaskill is so out of touch, and Akin has characterized her perfectly.
    It's going to be wonderful to have Akin in the Senate.
    Missouri is looking forward to it!

    October 23, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. Karen

    Akin also said of McCaskill after their first debate that "she wasn't ladylike"! How's THAT for a condescending GOP idiot? And the GOP does NOT distance itself from him...they're feeding his campaign all kinds of money. The GOP wants to win a game...they don't care about people.

    October 23, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  9. Karen

    There USED to be differences in policies...today the GOP is just rude and NASTY

    October 23, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  10. judith

    McCaskill is going to destroy this caveman–I've even heard partisan GOP women say that cannot vote for Akin.

    October 23, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  11. just sayin'

    The Tea Party is going to be the undoing of the Republican party. I hope the level headed moderates wake up and stop running these fools

    October 23, 2012 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  12. H. L. Mencken

    Akin, Mourdock and Joe Walsh in Illinois.

    You know, religion's all fun and games...but every once in a while you get a Spanish Inquisition.

    These troglodytes are running for the Senate of the United States. Apparently, they also are firm in their belief that if she floats, she's a witch...and if she sinks and drowns, she's innocent.

    It would be funny if it wasn't so sad.

    October 24, 2012 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  13. cd

    Sad thing is he is not a one off. The Republican party really thinks of women as second class. Then again, this is Also Missouri- really can't expect much from them.

    October 24, 2012 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  14. joe

    American women need to wake up. The republican party has no use for you and thinks you should be subordenant under your husbands. No equal pay no right to contraceptives no planned parenthood. no abortion for rape or incest. Wake up ladies these clowns want you home barefoot and pregnant while they run this country into the ground. You will have no voice and make no dicissions that are not run past your husband ,boyfriend . Forget equality lets go back to 1950 and start over. Don't give up what you have fought so hard to get. Look at the news today ans see how the candidate romney endorsed said rape is God will. Forward

    October 24, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  15. Tom

    This is what Missouri used to be like...under a Democratic governor...what happened?

    "Mel Carnahan was one of the most successful and innovative chief executives in Missouri's history. Better schools, expanded services for seniors, improved health care for children, hundreds of thousands of new jobs and lower taxes for working families are the hallmarks of the Carnahan administration. Financial World magazine ranked Missouri as the third best managed state in the nation under Carnahan's leadership. And, under the Carnahan administration, Missouri is one of only four states to receive top honors in Governing magazine's recent study of state management."

    "Governor Carnahan's sound fiscal management and innovative policies continue to enrich the lives of Missourians. His job training programs, economic development policies and welfare reforms have helped Missouri create more than 300,000 new jobs while reducing welfare rolls by about 50%. Over the past seven years, Governor Carnahan cut annual sales, business, and income taxes by a net total of more than $300 million, while balancing the state's budget and maintaining Missouri's triple-A bond rating."

    October 24, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
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