Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-MO) principal election opponent went on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Friday and claimed he’s “somebody who kind of makes Michelle Bachmann look like a hippie.”
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) was responding to Akin’s comment that she wasn’t very “ladylike” during their recent debate. “I’m at a loss,” she said. “I don’t know exactly what his accusation that I’m not ladylike means. 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 a list of his very, very extreme positions. I think that maybe he wasn’t prepared to answer some of that… I’m hoping this motivates my supporters even more.”
“If you look at some of the things that Todd Akin has said over the years, he said that liberalism is a hatred of God,” she said later in the interview. “He has been a handful of votes against things like the sex offender registry, the center for missing and exploited children. This is somebody who kind of makes Michelle Bachmann look like a hippie. He is very much in a group of people that would never be part of the compromise that we need to find to address the fiscal cliff. He would never be part of the group in the middle that actually figures out ways to solve these problems.”
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