Biden to voters: “You’ll know my opinion of court-packing when the election is over”

by Peter Heck · Oct 9th, 2020 8:29 am

Last Updated Oct 10th, 2020 at 1:01 pm

Talking to reporters on Thursday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said that voters would have to wait until after they vote to find out whether he would push to pack the Supreme Court with liberal judges.

"You'll know my opinion of court-packing when the election is over," the former vice president said. "Now look, I know – it's a great question, and I don't blame you all for asking. But you know the moment I answer that question, the headline in every one of your papers will be about that."

Many Democrats have openly talked about court-packing as retribution for Republicans cramming through the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett before the election. Though there is no constitutionally established number of justices, it has stood at nine since the administration of Ulysses S. Grant.

Both President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have challenged the Democratic ticket to announce their position on the controversial issue, but Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris have refused to do so.

Wednesday night, Pence said the Democrats' silence on the question actually reveals their answer.

"The American people deserve a straight answer and if you haven't figured it out yet, the straight answer is they are going to pack the Supreme Court if they somehow win this election," Pence said.


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