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October-23-12

Akin Compares McCaskill to a Dog

Missouri Senate candidate and current Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO) recently compared his opponent Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) to a dog in remarks he made at a campaign fundraiser.

"She goes to Washington, D.C., it's a little bit like one of those dogs, you know 'fetch,'" Akin 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."
To hear his comments in full you can watch the video here.

Akin already faced nationwide criticism in August after sparking controversy by claiming that "legitimate rape" does not usually lead to pregnancy. Akin has been endorsed by right wing staunch women's rights opponent Phyllis Schlafly, who stood to the right of Todd Akin at his press conference in September when he announced he will stay in his race against incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill. Akin had faced pressure to drop out of the race due to his "legitimate rape" comment. Many Republicans, including Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), and four former Missouri Senators, urged Akin to step down from the race.

Media Resources: ThinkProgress 10/21/12; Feminist Newswire 9/26/12, 8/24/12


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