Biden declines to answer journalist's question about whether he favors packing the Supreme Court

by Laura Mize · Oct 1st, 2020 1:55 pm

Last Updated Oct 2nd, 2020 at 10:40 pm

Joe Biden on Wednesday again refused to answer whether he favors adding more justices to the U.S. Supreme Court.

This time, the question came from a local news anchor in Pittsburgh. Shannon Perrine of WTAE raised the question with Biden and, noting that he had declined to answer it in Tuesday's debate, told him that viewers wanted her to address the issue with him.

"You know, that's exactly what they want me to talk about so we don't talk about how they're violating the Constitution now," Biden told Perrine. "I'm not going to play Trump's game. Right now, my entire focus is seeing to it that the American people get a chance – the election has already started – to have their say on who the next Supreme Court justice is. And that's what I'm focused on."

Perrine responded to Biden's statement by asking how Republicans are violating the Constitution.

Biden answered by saying he "taught constitutional law for over 20 years" and the Constitution "says the American people get an opportunity to choose who they want on the Supreme Court by who they pick as their senator and their president."

🔦 Article III of the Constitution describes the powers of the president and the Senate in nominating and confirming or not confirming, respectively, Supreme Court justices, but does not specifically mention the citizenry.


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