Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill said Friday she was “at a loss” for the most recent comments made by her opponent, Rep. W. Todd Akin, who said after their first debate that she was more “ladylike” in 2006 and likened her performance to that of a “wildcat.”
“I don’t know exactly what his accusation that I’m not ladylike means,” she said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I’m a former courtroom prosecutor and I try to be strong and informed, and I think the debate was tough for Todd, because I went through the list of his very, very extreme positions, and I think that maybe he wasn’t prepared to answer to some of that, and so they went back to that old, ‘gosh, she was mean and unladylike’ and I’m hoping that this motivates my supporters even more. It seems to have.
“[Mr. Akin] is somebody who kind of makes Michele Bachmann look like a hippie,” she said later in the segment, referring to the Tea Party-backed Minnesota Congresswoman.
Mrs. McCaskill, though, while she likes to portray herself as a moderate Democrat, did not directly deny Mr. Akin’s charge that she has voted with President Obama 98 percent of the time.
“You know, some of these look at confirmations and look at procedural votes,” she said. “I’ve been willing to say to the president, ‘Hey, get on board with a federal spending cap,’ and the White House wouldn’t go along with it. … I’ve said that he’s wrong about [the] Keystone [XL pipeline], I’ve said he’s wrong about cap-and-trade, so there have been a number of times that I have parted with the president, and I think they’ve used a number that makes it appear that I march lock-step, and I think if the president were asked about me, he’d say I could be a real pain. Maybe not ladylike.”
Mr. Akin has come under fire for the “legitimate rape” remarks he made last month. Despite pressure to quit from national Republicans — including GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney — he is now in the race until the end, as the deadline for him to drop out has passed.