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article imageAudio: Todd Akin likens Claire McCaskill to a dog

By JohnThomas Didymus     Oct 22, 2012 in Politics
Rep. Todd Akin at a fundraiser in Springfield, Mo. on Saturday night compared the way his opponent, incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-M0.), performs her duties to the way a dog plays "fetch."
Todd Akin's latest comment comes about two weeks to election. The editor-in-chief of PoliticMo.com, Eli Yokley, captured Akin's comment on audio. The audio recording (see above) captures Akin saying:
“She goes to Washington, D.C. It’s a little bit like one of those dogs, ‘fetch,’ she goes to Washington, D.C., and gets all of these taxes and red tape and bureaucracy and executive orders and agencies and brings all of this stuff and dumps it on us in Missouri.... It seems to me that she’s got it just backwards. What we should be doing is taking the common sense we see in Missouri and taking that to Washington, D.C., and blessing them with more solutions instead of more problems.”
PoliticMo reports that Akin also said that McCaskill's campaign focus on issues beside the economy is a distraction. He accused his opponent's campaign of deliberately seeking to distract voters from her performance in office. He asked voters to compare McCaskill's six years as senator with his 12 years in the House.
According to The Washington Post, former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, was present at the fundraiser. Huckabee remains one of Akin's few staunch backers since GOP leaders denounced his infamous "legitimate rape" comment during a TV interview in August. Akin said that a woman's body is able to "shut down" and prevent conception in cases of what he bizarrely described as "legitimate rape."
Since his "legitimate rape" comment, Akin has made several other gender insensitive statements. According to The Huffington Post, in spite of calls by GOP leaders that he should drop out of the race, Akin said he was staying. He said that his decision to remain in the race "was made by voters." Two days later, after a debate with McCaskill, he told reporters that her behavior was not "ladylike."
The Washington Post's Diana Reese comments on Akin's position on several issues, including the well known fact that he voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. According to The Washington Post, he (Akin),
"...opposes abortion. Period... he also is against the morning-after pill, which he said was abortion..."
Reese comments further:
"I’ve heard Akin speak at press conferences and campaign rallies. He has an unrehearsed off-the-cuff style that sounds as if he’s just now thinking of what he’s going to say. I thought perhaps he’d affected that in order to sound more down home. Now I wonder if he really does campaign, unscripted."
The Huffington Post reports that August polls showed Akin was even with McCaskill 45-45, but after his "legitimate rape" remark the figures have been swinging slowly in McCaskill's favor. October figures show McCaskill has a six-point edge in the race.
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