This weekend Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) compared his opponent in the Missouri Senate race, Sen. Claire McCaskill to a to “dog” who fetches problems from Washington, D.C. and brings them back to her home state. This comes after the Congressman caught heat earlier this year for his “legitimate rape” remarks.
At a fundraiser on Saturday, Akin stated, “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.”
Not to be outdone on Sunday, GOP Rep. Steve King expounded upon his earlier comments likening immigrants to dogs by saying that his words were compliments. King has been suggesting that the kind of immigrants that the U.S. should allow into the country should be chosen in the way that someone would select a “good bird dog.”
According to Andrew Kirell at Mediaite, “The famously anti-immigrant incumbent insisted his comments were a “compliment.” He took a shot at his opponents for repeatedly using the quote: ‘They knew it was a compliment, they turned it into an insult because they’re professional hyperventilators.'”
Likening women and immigrants to dogs may further complicate the GOP’s outreach to women and Latino voters. The battle for women voters has been highlighted throughout the election and during the conventions. In the presidential race, Romney has made some gains with women voters, but he still trails President Obama in terms of female support. Last week, the GOP nominee also had his “binders full of women” gaffe. And polls continue to show that Latino voters continue to side with President Obama and the Democrats. Right now 70% of Latino voters are backing the President. About half of Latino voters feel that the GOP doesn’t care about Latinos, and 21% of Latino voters characterize the Republican Party as being outwardly hostile toward the community.