WASHINGTON – Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri who has been described as being in lockstep with Barack Obama, has launched a major public attack on a former political opponent for expressing his own opinions.
While asking the public for money.
The ink barely was dry on former Rep. Todd Akin’s “Firing Back,” when McCaskill railed about him.
“HE’S BAAACK,” McCaskill put in an email with Akin’s photograph prominently placed over a “contribute” button. McCaskill, who beat Akin in a 2012 Missouri Senate race after he was blasted for some awkward comments on “legitimate rape,” is deep in her second year on the Hill.
Now, Akin is firing back in a big way.
Taking on McCaskill, Akin flipped her words on their head, outlining how out of touch the senator really is.
“It troubles me that Sen. McCaskill continues to lie about what I said two years ago, but it doesn’t surprise me,” he said.
“After all,” Akin exclaimed, “Sen. McCaskill has supported at every step a president who, through a series of lies, sold America on a disastrous, dysfunctional health care plan and who lied repeatedly about the death of an American ambassador in Libya.”
Akin went on to highlight McCaskill’s voting record, stating Obama and McCaskill are in near “lockstep.”
“Nor have I heard a word of criticism from the senator about a president who fiddles while Israel and the Ukraine burn and while children suffer to reach a border thrown open by unconstitutional executive orders,” he said.
“‘Obama is really the president Richard Nixon always wanted to be,’ said liberal constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley. If so, what does that make Sen. McCaskill?” he asked.
Akin’s comments followed McCaskill’s money-seeking email this week.
“Today, Todd Akin released an angry, defensive book that speaks directly to the extreme right wing of the Republican Party,” McCaskill claimed. “He takes back his apology for his extreme remarks, and instead reaffirms his belief that women have magic uteruses in cases of ‘legitimate rape.’”
“Todd Akin’s views are disturbing. But … what’s really disturbing is the sheer number of like-minded, out-of-touch politicians who hold office today,” she writes. “I need your help to stand up to them. Please contribute $5 today and help me defend against right-wing extremism.”
Asked in a local television interview in 2012 whether he would support abortion in the case of rape, Akin made the following statement, which led to a firestorm of criticism, denunciation and ridicule by many, even in his own party, including presidential candidate Mitt Romney: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. You know, I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”
See Akin’s full answer:
WND recently reported that a number of research studies corroborate Akin's ideas that pregnancy from rape is rare and the stress induced by a rape experience may influence the chances of pregnancy.
The new fertility studies essentially reveal that stress in males and females both inhibits pregnancy, but the media still have not linked the results to Akin's comments.
Akin has written about his experience in "Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith and Freedom."
He has explained, "When asked to comment about my instantly infamous 'legitimate rape' comment in my new book, 'Firing Back,' I describe what Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney should have said: 'A credibly accused rapist is giving the keynote speech at the Democratic convention in two weeks, and you want me to denounce a decent, God-fearing man for his inelegant comments about rape? No, not happening, and if the truth hurts, put some ice on it.'"
Akin noted that even though Politico reporters Anna Palmer and Tarini Parti had a copy of his book to work from for their July 10 article, "Todd Akin returns to national stage," they censored the text to read, "[Bill Clinton] is giving the keynote speech at the Democratic convention in two weeks."
He explained, "In removing the phrase 'a credibly accused rapist,' they not only stripped the logic from the quote … but they also denied legitimacy to at least one solid rape accusation against Clinton.
"Known in government documents as 'Jane Doe No. 5,' Juanita Broaddrick made a highly credible claim under oath that Bill Clinton raped her when he was attorney general of the state of Arkansas," he said.
"It was a real panicky, panicky situation," Broaddrick told Lisa Myers on NBC's "Dateline" in February 1999. "I was even to the point where I was getting very noisy, you know, yelling to 'Please stop.' And that's when he pressed down on my right shoulder and he would bite my lip."
Wrote Akin: "On the way out of the room, when Clinton saw her swollen lip, he famously said, 'Put some ice on that.' It was Broaddrick's testimony under oath in the Paula Jones investigation that persuaded a few key congressmen to proceed with impeachment proceedings against Clinton."
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