He’ll let you know his plan for the Supreme Court — after you’ve cast your vote.
Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Thursday continued to dodge questions over whether he supported packing the Supreme Court with more than nine justices, saying the American public will know his opinion after the election.
“You’ll know my opinion on court packing when the election is over,” a masked Biden told reporters on Thursday afternoon from the battleground state of Arizona where is is campaigning with running mate Kamala Harris.
The former vice president said he wouldn’t reveal whether he wants to add justices to the Supreme Court because it would become a headline.
“I know it’s a great question and I don’t blame you for asking it, but you know the moment I answer that question, the headline in every one of your papers will be about that, other than focusing on what’s happening now,” he said, presumably referring to the pandemic.
“The election has begun. There’s never been a court appointment once an election has begun,” he insisted.
The death of liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has shot the Supreme Court to the front of the presidential election battle, with President Trump trying to push through the confirmation of his conservative pick, Amy Coney Barrett, just weeks before Election Day.
Some Democratic lawmakers have come out in support of adding justices to the Supreme Court if the party wins the presidency and a majority in the Senate in November to prevent the bench from becoming predominantly conservative.
But Biden and Harris have continued to skirt the question and on Thursday, Biden pivoted to criticizing Trump for trying to confirm Barrett with just 26 days until the election.
“Four million or so people have already voted. They’re denying the American people the one shot they have under constitutional law to be able to have their input,” Biden said.
“I will be happy to lay out in detail what what I’m going to do after that, if I’m the president. If I’m not the president, he gets to pick it.”
The former veep has used the same reasoning to avoid naming his potential Supreme Court picks — something he vowed to do back in July — because the judges would face undue scrutiny, he claimed.
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