Joe Biden says he is “not a fan” of adding seats to the Supreme Court, after weeks of avoiding questions about the idea that’s been pushed by progressives and used by Republicans to attack him. (Oct. 13)
- You have made it very clear you don't want to talk about packing the court until after election day. But what about for undecided voters who want to know your position on possibly expanding the court before they cast their ballot?
JOE BIDEN: Well, look. What-- before they cast-- what I want them to focus on is-- I'd respectfully suggest-- is what the packing-- court packing is going on now. Never before, when an election has already begun and millions of votes already cast, has it ever been that a Supreme Court nominee was put forward. Hadn't ever happened before.
One of the reasons is, the Constitution implies that the only shot the American people get to determine who will be on a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court or federal courts is when they pick their Senator and their president, because the president names, and the Senate advises and consents. That's the focus. I've already spoken on-- I'm not a fan of court packing. But I'm not-- I don't want to get off on that whole issue. I want to keep focused.
The president would love nothing better than to fight about whether or not I would in fact pack the court or not pack the court, et cetera. The focus is, why is he doing what he's doing now? Why now, with less than 24 days to go in the election? And the hearing is going to take place, and only going to be about 10 days-- or whatever it is-- before the vote takes place. That's the court packing that the public should be focused on.
- Here in Ohio, and really all across the country, we're seeing them begin to surge once again--