Like Biden, Harris declines to comment on idea of adding more justices to Supreme Court

by Laura Mize · Sep 29th, 2020 4:14 pm

Last Updated Sep 30th, 2020 at 6:35 pm

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), the Democratic nominee for vice president, declined to give her opinion Monday on the suggestion of increasing the number of justices on the U.S. Supreme Court when asked about it during an appearance on MSNBC.

She told MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell that Democratic nominee Joe Biden has "been very clear that he is going to pay attention to the fact — and I am with him on this 1,000% — pay attention to the fact that right now, Lawrence, people are voting. They're voting," she said.

"This is not some kind of debate about election year, should a sitting president be allowed or able to nominate someone to the United States Supreme Court for a lifetime appointment," Harris said. "This is not even an election year. This is like we're actually in the election."

Harris added that Americans "have a right, in an election, to elect their next president, who then will make the decision about who will be the nominee."

Some Democrats, including at least two senators, have proposed the idea of packing the Supreme Court with more than nine justices as something the party should do in 2021 if they regain control of the Senate and the presidency. Expansion of the Supreme Court has been proposed before, and came up recently as a response favored by some liberals if President Trump and Republicans succeed in confirming a justice to the Supreme Court in an election year.

🔦 Last week, Democratic nominee Joe Biden would not answer a question on the topic either, saying doing so would "shift all the focus," which he said is what Trump wanted.


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