On Thursday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden continued his refusal to answer if he would pack the court by telling reporters “you’ll know my opinion on court-packing when the election is over.”
“You’ll know my opinion on court-packing when the election is over,” Biden said. “Now look, I know it’s a great question and I don’t blame you for asking, 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.”
The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose seat on the court is being replaced by nominee Judge Amy Comey Barrett, has said she believes that packing the court is “a bad idea,” and that “nine [Justices] seems to be a good number.”
“Nine [Justices] seems to be a good number. It’s been that way for a long time,” she said in an interview with National Public Radio, adding, “I think it was a bad idea when President Franklin Roosevelt tried to pack the court.”
Biden also told the reporters that “the election has begun. There has never been a court appointment once an election [has] begun. 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.”
The Constitution grants the Senate the power to confirm justices in the Supreme Court. After the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018, the American people elected to grow the Republican majority in the Senate by two seats.
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) October 8, 2020