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4th District: Rep. Tom McClintock and Jessica Morse

California’s 4th Congressional District, which includes four national parks and falls primarily over Placer and El Dorado counties, has the highest percentage of registered Republicans of all California congressional districts.

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That hasn’t stopped Democrat Jessica Morse from taking on five-term incumbent Rep. Tom McClintock. Through September, the national security strategist has outdone McClintock in the fundraising race by over $1.6 million.

Tom McClintock
Rep. Tom McClintock talks with voters after speaking to a Tea Party group at the Rocklin Event Center on April 16, 2014 in Rocklin, California.
Jessica Morse
Jessica Morse hugs a supporter after speaking to voters on Nov. 6, 2017.
Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove) and Democratic challenger Jessica Morse, second from right. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times; Chris Megerian / Los Angeles Times)

Still, with a 13-point registration advantage, Republicans are favored to hold on to this seat in November. The nonpartisan handicapper Cook Political Report has listed California’s 4th as a “likely Republican” district.

Immigration

McClintock

  • Favors "strict enforcement of our current immigration law" as a prerequisite for reform, according to his campaign website.
  • Has called for full funding for construction of a border wall and mandating E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility.
  • "There is a simple protection from being separated from one’s family: Don’t break the law. Family separation is not the president’s fault for arresting and prosecuting lawbreakers. It is the lawbreakers’ fault for breaking the laws in the first place," he said in a statement to the Sacramento Bee.
  • Opposes "sanctuary" laws.

Morse

  • “I absolutely abhor this position on the border of taking children away from their families,” she said during a September debate.
  • Has called for comprehensive immigration reform, including modernization of work visa system.
  • Opposes building a border wall; suggests alternatives such as remote sensors, drones, a biometric entry-and-exit system, and a crackdown on human traffickers.
  • “By improving rather than abolishing [Immigration and Customs Enforcement], I believe we can have strong border security that reflects our American value of respect for human dignity and supports our economy,” she told the Mercury News.
The candidates disagree on healthcare issues.
The candidates disagree on healthcare issues. (Dreamstime)

Healthcare

McClintock

  • Voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
  • Was one of about a dozen members of Congress who voted against the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018

Morse

  • Says she will defend and expand the Affordable Care Act.
  • Wants to allow Americans to buy into the Medicare system.

Taxes

McClintock

  • “The average family in my district got about $1,900 in tax relief as a result of this bill. I’d love to see the cap removed, but getting that $10,000 deduction was really important, and we got it,” McClintock told McClatchy.
  • Supports the repeal of the gas-tax increase passed to fund road and other infrastructure projects.

Morse

  • “When you say that the average family in our district has received $1,900 back, I don't think you've met the average family in our district," Morse countered at a KQED forum.
  • Supports the repeal of the gas-tax increase. “I'm running for Congress because California's families work hard and should not shoulder a heavier tax burden, and this measure is just another form of double-taxation for residents of the 4th District," she told the Los Angeles Times.

McClintock

Voted against the original House version of the 2017 tax reform bill, citing the harmful impact of the elimination of broad-based deductions. He voted for the final bill, which allowed up to $10,000 of state and local taxes to be deducted.

Climate Change

McClintock

  • Doubts the consensus of the scientific community that human activity is driving global warming.
  • “The climate has been changing for 4 1/2 billion years. The extent to which human has a role to play is being hotly debated right now," he said during a September debate.

Morse

  • Climate change "is a matter of life and death" and is also an issue of national security, she said during a debate.
Illegally possessed firearms seized by authorities are displayed at an Oct. 9 news conference in Los Angeles.
Illegally possessed firearms seized by authorities are displayed at an Oct. 9 news conference in Los Angeles. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

Gun Laws

McClintock

  • “In 50 years of experience with gun laws, we have found them extremely effective at disarming law-abiding citizens. We have found them extremely ineffective at disarming criminals, madmen and terrorists,” he wrote in the Washington Examiner. "Locking up other gun predators until they are old and feeble works. Confining the dangerously mentally ill so they can be treated works. Responsibly armed citizens who can return fire work."
  • Says teachers with concealed carry permits should be able to take their guns onto school campuses.

Morse

  • Supports universal background checks, the renewal of an assault weapon ban and limits on bump stocks and large capacity magazines.
  • Wants to prohibit people convicted of stalking or any kind of domestic abuse from purchasing guns.
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