Akin Slams 'Unladylike' McCaskill

She was like a 'wildcat' in debates, Senate candidate complains

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 28, 2012 4:10 AM CDT

(Newser) – Todd Akin, the GOP Senate candidate whose comments on rape united his own party against him, doesn't seem to be trying too hard to win back women voters. Sen. Claire McCaskill, who attacked his "legitimate rape" remark when the pair debated last week, "was much more ladylike" when she was running for office in 2006, the Missouri candidate told supporters at a campaign stop this week, the Chicago Tribune reports. "The first two minutes, wow, it's like somebody let a wildcat out of the cage," he said. "She was just furious and attacking in every different direction."

Akin "is at it again with another comment that's demeaning to women and offensive to all," says Democratic Sen. Patty Murray. "Unless the national party condemns Todd Akin and his latest comments, every Republican candidate in the country will be held accountable for their support of of Akin's beliefs and sentiments." The final deadline for Akin to quit the race passed this week, and he has now picked up endorsements from conservatives including Rick Santorum and won the support of the Senate Conservatives Fund, a fundraising group that pledged yesterday to direct $290,000 to Akin's cash-strapped campaign.

Republican Rep. Todd Akin speaks to reporters in the Missouri Capitol building rotunda as part of his Missouri Common Sense bus tour yesterday.   (AP Photo/Columbia Daily Tribune, Ryan Henriksen)
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