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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- “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.
- 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
- Says she will defend and expand the Affordable Care Act.
- Wants to allow Americans to buy into the Medicare system.
- “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.
- “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.
- 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.
- Climate change "is a matter of life and death" and is also an issue of national security, she said during a debate.