Biden Says He Will Announce Position on Court Packing ‘When the Election Is Over’
Joe Biden told reporters Thursday that voters would learn his position on packing the Supreme Court after the election.
The Senate Republicans are currently trying to uphold Judge Amy Coney Barrett's appointment to the Supreme Court. This would cement a conservative majority of 6 to 3 among the judges in the court. Some Democrats, alarmed by the move, put the idea of grabbing the court (increasing the number of judges) into action if the party wins the presidency and Senate.
Both Biden and Acting Senator Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) Have refused to say whether they would try to grab the Supreme Court if they were elected. During a press conference Thursday in Phoenix, Arizona, Biden attempted to clear up his argument.
"You will know my opinion on the trial when the election is over," said Biden. "Now look, I know - it's a great question, and I don't all blame you for asking it. But you know, once I answer that question, the headline in every article you write will be about it." Biden added that the problem is a distraction from the Coney Barrett nomination, which he and other Democrats have claimed is moving too fast.
During the Vice Presidential Debate on Wednesday night, Vice President Mike Pence Harris repeatedly pushed the question of court packaging. The California senator refused to address the issue directly.
"The American people deserve a straight answer, and if you haven't figured it out, the straight answer is that if they somehow win this election they will grab the Supreme Court," Pence said.
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