McClintock, Morse agree to public debate on Sept. 23

By: Brody Fernandez Of Gold Country Media
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The first debate between incumbent Congressman Tom McClintock and challenger Jessica Morse will be on Sept. 23, pending confirmation of a venue’s availability.

This comes after months of back-and-forth dialogue between the candidates struggling to secure and confirm a debate with claims of unfair settings, biased moderators and failure to agree to terms, according to a previous Gold Country Media report.

Now, for the first time in the congressional race, the two candidates (McClintock and Morse) have agreed to the terms.

The Mariposa Gazette Newspaper in Mariposa will host the candidates as they face off before the November election. This will be the first debate between McClintock and Morse.

Mariposa is located about 150 miles southeast from Placer County.

Roseville is the largest city within California’s 4th Congressional District. California’s 4th District includes parts of the Sierra from Truckee to the Sequoia National Forest. Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mariposa, and Tuolumne counties plus portions of Fresno, Madera, Nevada, and Placer counties comprise the district.

"I am looking forward to debating Congressman McClintock in Mariposa County and grateful that he finally agreed to stand up and have a robust dialogue in front of voters to answer why he continues to vote against our community,” Morse said. “From slashing funding for vocational training, fire prevention, Medicare, education, and even rural broadband, we deserve answers throughout the district.

Morse said she was frustrated that a debate in Roseville hasn’t been confirmed.

“I'm disappointed that he has yet to agree to a debate here in Roseville, the heart of our district,” Morse said. “The time for career politicians like McClintock is over and it's time we elect public servants who know and love our community."   

McClintock also released a statement regarding the Mariposa debate.

“The citizens of Mariposa County have always strongly supported me,” McClintock said. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to debate my opponent and discuss the important issues facing our nation, district and community. I also want to thank Greg Little, editor and publisher (Nicole Little) of the Mariposa Gazette, for putting this debate together. “