Women choose to have abortions for very serious reasons, including the health of the fetus. Shouldn't they be able to do that?
I reject the premise of Democrat and Republican, you can't paint me in a narrow box.
But ultimately, women can get an abortion, or they can't.
I personally believe it will remain legal. I'm not interested in turning the clock back 30 or 40 years. Let's talk about what it is to value all human life and why we want to rethink how we're using abortion [as] birth control.
What's the state of the California Republican Party? There's the Schwarzenegger faction, the more socially conservative faction, and not a single Republican statewide office holder.
What's been happening for the past 20 years hasn't been successful. The party has run millionaires, billionaires, CEOs and movie stars. My husband and I work for a living. I've got three kids in school. I've got a mortgage; this is costing me lost income to run for office. My two careers have been very service-oriented.
How would you fix California's economic woes?
I'm a big free-market individual. We've created a tax code that is pushing business overseas and out of our state. It's really not rocket science. I think we can incent our businesses to come back. It comes down to a more competitive global corporate tax structure.
How would you deal with illegal immigration at the border?
The federal government secures the border; Californians decide how we want to treat our population. I think we need a vibrant guest worker program. If we have one, we're going to stop having a lot of issues at the border. Neither party has done anything on this in 20 years and they're both equally responsible for the state of our immigration problems.
How would you have voted on the Dream Act?
In my mind a lot of the Dream Act is meant to put a patch on the underlying problem. In terms of how I would vote, I'm reluctant to do the hypothetical. I think we need to secure the border, come up with a guest worker program.
How did you vote on Proposition 8, same-sex marriage?
I'm going to keep that vote to myself. It's not why I'm running. I'm running because I want to improve our healthcare system, our economy, because I want a better future for my children. My personal vote on that issue is just not relevant.
Why did you become a Republican?
When I went to Washington, it was always the Republicans who seemed like the obstructionists, and they'd give me the hardest time.
The Democrats, they'd agree to anything, but then they don't actually do anything. If I wanted to get anything done it was always [with] a Republican. They were difficult but that's how I ultimately got it done.
My economic principles are simply more in line with the free market: lower taxes, and government as a referee, not owning the whole team.
Your father was a coach; you must get your metaphors from that.
Can I give you one more? You can't win if you don't throw your jersey on and get on the field. So I've thrown my jersey on and I'm jumping on the field.
This interview was edited and excerpted from a taped transcript. An archive of Morrison's interviews can be found at latimes.com/pattasks.