Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris repeated his candidacy and removed a couple of questions Tuesday to add more members to the Supreme Court if Republicans fill a vacancy before the Nov. 3 election.
Democratic candidate Joe Biden declined to say whether he would “pack” the Supreme Court during Tuesday’s debate if Senate Republicans confirmed Amy Connie Barrett.
DEFINITELY REFUSES TO ADD PLACES IN SUPREME COURT
“Whatever position I take on this issue, this will become the problem,” Biden said. “The American people must speak. You have to go out and vote. ”
President Trump intervened, repeating moderator Chris Wallace’s question about whether Biden would “pack the court,” but the former vice president did not respond.
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Later that evening, Harris avoided the same issue on two different networks.
CBS News’s John Dickerson confronted Harris, saying Biden’s response sounded like “hiding from the top,” and asked why he refused to talk about it.
“Well, I think it’s very clear, John, who is focused, as we should all be, for the next 35 days,” Harris said. “It’s focused on … the process.”
CNN’s Jake Tapper also faced Harris with the idea of adding seats to the Supreme Court, asking emphatically if this was an idea she was “ready to consider,” but Biden’s candidate was again not involved.
“We have 35 days left of the election … perhaps the most important election of our lives and beyond the lives of the children, and there is nothing about the next 35 days that Joe or I will take for granted,” Harris said. “The trick right now is to remind people that we have these elections, which are very much in play … we are in the midst of elections.”
Harris insisted he wanted to focus on what was happening now and “deal with it later, later.”
“Let’s not be distracted,” Harris added.
Tapper then noted that Harris also “refused” to answer the question of adding seats in the Supreme Court.
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The Supreme Court has had nine judges for more than 150 years, but the Constitution does not require nine. Congress sets that number, and some Democrats say the country’s Supreme Court needs to be expanded.
Biden has long opposed the issue of court packing, but the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg revived the concept of expanding the number of Supreme Court judges to change its ideological balance.
Megan Henny of Fox News contributed to this report.