Jessica Morse Endorsed by National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
Nationwide advocacy group boasts over 5,000 members in 4th district
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
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ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Today, U.S. House candidate Jessica Morse received the endorsement of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare for her dedication to protecting the life-saving benefits that millions of seniors across the country rely upon. Founded in 1982 to support its landmark namesake federal programs, the group regularly holds policy briefings and town hall meetings to educate and advocate for current and future generations of maturing Americans. The National Committee has millions of members across the country, including more than 5,000 in the 4th Congressional District who be activated by this endorsement to campaign on Morse's behalf.
"Medicare and Social Security are a promise to our seniors that they can retire with dignity, but Congressman McClintock has voted time and time again to gut these benefits that thousands in our community depend on," said Morse. "I'm running for Congress because we need a leader who will put our seniors first, not slash benefits and raise the retirement age. l'll work to make sure these programs remain solvent for generations to come."
McClintock has voted against efforts to support Medicare and Social Security throughout his career. Over the summer, he voted to advance a budget that would cut $4 billion from Social Security, slash $537 billion from Medicare, and raise the eligibility age from 65 to 67. He also voted for the controversial tax bill that will gut both programs to give tax breaks to special interests at the expense of middle-class families. Studies have shown that 40% of seniors would live below the poverty line without Social Security.
"You appreciate that steps already had been taken to extend the viability of Medicare, to close the prescription drug coverage gap known as the 'donut hole,' to provide preventive services without copays and deductibles, and that these noteworthy improvements must not be repealed," said National Committee President and CEO Max Richtman in his endorsement letter to Morse. "The nation needs your forward-thinking leadership on issues affecting the health and retirement security of all Americans."
McClintock is facing his toughest re-election test since his first race in 2008. He trailed Morse in fundraising by a more than three-to-one margin in the most recent finance quarter, taking in only $360,000 to Morse's $1.3 million. Additionally, every major political prognosticator has moved the race out of the "Safe Republican" category, including Inside Elections, the Cook Political Report, UVA's Crystal Ball, and CNN. In fact, McClintock's 51% showing in June was the lowest total he's ever received in a 4th district primary. Morse was also added to the DCCC's Red to Blue program, which highlights the most competitive Congressional races across the country.