Todd Akin Says Claire McCaskill Was 'More Ladylike' in 2006

The embattled Republican Senate candidate steps in it again, taking a shot at his Democratic opponent.

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Since Missouri GOP Senate nominee Todd Akin's comments about "legitimate rape" rarely causing pregnancy, he has attempted to do damage control with women voters. He noted, in an apology ad, that he has two daughters and wants "tough justice for predators." He trumpeted his women for Akin coalition.

But a new comment isn't likely to help his efforts to appeal to women voters: Akin noted that his opponent, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, was more "ladylike" during the 2006 campaign.

"I think we have a very clear path to victory, and apparently Claire McCaskill thinks we do, too, because she was very aggressive at the debate, which was quite different than it was when she ran against Jim Talent," Akin told the Kansas City Star. "She had a confidence and was much more ladylike (in 2006), but in the debate on Friday she came out swinging, and I think that's because she feels threatened."

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