The Jessica Morse for Congress campaign challenged Rep. Tom McClintock’s campaign to four debates before the Nov. 6 election on June 25. The debates would take place in each region of the 4th Congressional District, which includes the Sierra foothills.

In response, the McClintock campaign asked Morse’s campaign to accept two other pending debate invitations – one from Mariposa Gazette and the other from William Jessup University – before discussing other debates.

When asked why the McClintock campaign refused to accept Morse’s debates, Jon Huey, McClintock’s campaign manager said, “Before we talk about any further debates, they need to accept the two other debate invitations, which McClintock has already agreed to.”

“Jessica Morse is committed to debating before voters across this community, whether they live in Roseville or the Sierra foothills,” said Makaiah Mohler, Morse’s deputy campaign manager. “We can’t speak for (Rep.) McClintock, but it does not come as a surprise that he won’t debate in every corner of this district, as he doesn’t even live here.”

The proposed William Jessup University debate is slated for Aug. 3 in Rocklin, if the candidates agree, though there is no official date set for the proposed Mariposa Gazette debate.