Todd Akin and Claire McCaskill
By Catalina Camia, USA TODAY
Republican Todd Akin says Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill was more "ladylike" in her 2006 Missouri race than during their debate last week.
Akin, a six-term House member, is already under fire for comments that women can prevent pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape." Top Republicans have distanced themselves from Akin since he made those remarks last month.
"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 said in Missouri, according to the Kansas City Star.
He went on to say McCaskill "was much more ladylike" six years ago but "came out swinging" in their faceoff. "I think that's because she feels threatened."
McCaskill is on the air with a TV ad focused on Akin's comments on a host of issues, including the "legitimate rape" comment. During the debate, McCaskill cast Akin as "extreme."