Akin compares McCaskill to a "dog" playing "fetch"

Does not help his women problem

Published October 22, 2012 12:59PM (EDT)

Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo.                (Facebook/supportakin)
Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo. (Facebook/supportakin)

After saying Claire McCaskill was more “ladylike” during her 2006 campaign, Todd Akin found another questionable way of describing his opponent.

“She goes to Washington, D.C., it’s a little bit like one of those dogs, ‘fetch,’” he said. “She goes to Washington, D.C., and get 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.”

Rick Tyler, a spokesman for Akin, downplayed the remarks, telling the New York Times that Akin “made an analogy — probably could have made a better one. Everybody’s going to find a reason to get their feelings hurt and get bent out of shape.”

He also joked that Akin “could have said liberals — people actually like dogs.”

Here's the audio of Akin's remarks, via PoliticMo:



By Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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