Biden has said that voters will know his whereabouts the day after Election Day.
How long can Biden and Harris dodge the packaging issue in court? Democratic candidate Joe Biden said on Friday voters did not deserve to know if he would try to catch the Supreme Court if he won in November, and Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed in the High Court.
In Las Vegas, Nevada, Biden was questioned about his stance on giving the tribunal additional judges – something that has received support from many Democrats. Especially since President Trump announced his intention to confirm Barrett in the chair left by death had remained vacant of the late judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Biden, who had opposed wrapping the court in first-class, declined to answer the question on Thursday, saying, “You’ll know my stance on wrapping the court the day after the election.”
On Friday, a KTNV reporter asked him again if he is in favor of packing my bags in court and said: “This is the number one thing that I’ve been asked about from viewers in the past couple of days.”
“Well, you’ve been asked by the viewers who are probably Republicans who don’t want me continuing to talk about what they’re doing to the court right now,” Biden responded.
“Well, sir don’t the voters deserve to know…?” asked journalist Ross DiMattei.
“No, they don’t… I’m not going to play his game, he’d love me to talk about, and I’ve already said something on court-packing, he’d love that to be the discussion rather than what he’s doing now, “Biden said, probably referring to President Trump.
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“He’s about to make a pick in the middle of an election, the first time it’s ever been done, the first time in history it’s ever been done,” he said.
The idea of “packing” the court with additional judges – unsuccessfully attempted by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1937 to push through parts of his New Deal that had been declared unconstitutional by the High Court – was a marginal idea for years.
But it started to go mainstream after Republicans refused to hold hearings for Merrick Garland – the choice of former President Barack Obama’s favorite in 2016 to replace Judge Antonin Scalia – because it was an election year.
The public is asking for what Biden’s non-response means about Supreme Court video packaging. Since Ginsburg’s death and Trump’s decision to fill the seat, more Democrats have demanded that the court be packed if Barrett is confirmed, and they win the Presidency and Senate.
But last year, in the Democratic primary, Biden opposed such a move despite several other candidates backing the idea.
“No, I’m not prepared to go on and try to pack the court, because we’ll live to rue that day,” he told the Iowa Starting Line.
On Thursday, the former vice president said he would not be speaking about his courting position because it would make headlines if he did.
It came a day after her running mate, Kamala Harris, declined to answer direct questions about court wrapping during her debate with Vice President Mike Pence.
Leading Democrats in Congress, including House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), have threatened to add more Supreme Court justices to thwart the 6-3 majority Conservatives will have like Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s candidate is confirmed to take the seat of the late Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg on the bench.