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Politics Biden Dodges Packing SCOTUS Question, Previously Said Dems Would 'Live to Rue' Doing It

13:02  22 september  2020
13:02  22 september  2020 Source:   newsweek.com

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden refused to say whether he'd sign on to a plan to pack the Supreme Court with more liberal justices if the Republicans are able to fill The Constitution does not stipulate how many justices should be on the Supreme Court . "That's what he wants, he never wants

Other Democrats have said that Democrats should consider court packing if the confirmation is Biden , however, said in 2019 he was not prepared to pack the court , “because we’ll live to rue that Democrats who would expand the court would also have to acknowledge that they did not have the

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has avoided discussing expanding the Supreme Court amid the Democrat-led backlash against President Donald Trump's push to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden arrives to deliver remarks at an aluminum manufacturing facility in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, on September 21, 2020. He has said he does not want to discuss expanding the Supreme Court, amid controversy over President Donald Trump's push to have his own nominee fill the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg's vacant seat. © Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden arrives to deliver remarks at an aluminum manufacturing facility in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, on September 21, 2020. He has said he does not want to discuss expanding the Supreme Court, amid controversy over President Donald Trump's push to have his own nominee fill the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg's vacant seat.

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No Supreme Court vacancies filled in an election year. If he violates it , when Democrats control the Senate in the next Congress, we must abolish the "@JoeBiden must announce that if the GOP rushes to pack the Court, the Dems will expand the SCOTUS to 11 justices, and expand the lower

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Biden previously said the vote should be held before a candidate is put forward, with the victor deciding who goes forward to fill the vacant seat.

With Democratic lawmakers pushing against Trump's desire, and the Senate GOP's willingness to facilitate it, the prospect of packing the court in future has been discussed.

This would see Democrats push to add extra justices to the court's current nine, likely of a more liberal persuasion to offset the conservatives placed by Trump.

Biden was asked about expanding the court, which could also be done in other ways than packing, in an interview with WBAY.

The former vice president was asked: "If Trump's supreme court pick goes through but you win the election, Democrats take over Senate and maintain the House, would you consider adding more supreme court justices to the bench?"

To this he replied: "It's a legitimate question, but let me tell you why I'm not going to answer that question. Because it will shift the focus, that's what he wants, he never wants to talk about the issue at hand and he always tries to change the subject."

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supreme court . Courting disaster: Trump warns Dems that impeachment stall tactics would Biden backtracks on promise to release list of Supreme Court nominees. Trump says he'll wait until after Obama-era Attorney General Eric Holder, who previously touted court packing as a possibility for

But she did say they will focus on the election. "This administration has been a total failure in protecting the health and well-being of the American people and it has had an impact "When people say , 'What can I do ?' they can vote, they can get out the vote and you can do so as soon possible," Pelosi said .

He instead chose to focus upon Trump's stance on the matter, stating: "The discussion should be about why he is moving in a direction that's totally inconsistent with what the founders wanted."

While Biden would not comment on expanding the court, he has previously spoken against such moves.

"No, I'm not prepared to go on and try to pack the court, because we'll live to rue that day," he said when asked last year, Iowa Starting Line reported.

Newsweek has contacted the Biden campaign for comment.

While Democrats have criticized the president's move, Republicans have insisted Trump is justified in his actions.

"Numerous Democrats are threatening to pack the court and say things like 'nothing is off the table.' These are bizarre and dangerous power grabs by Democrats who will stop at nothing to erode the constitution to enact their radical agenda. President Trump will fulfill his constitutional duty to protect our God-given rights and do his part to fill the seat," Brian Morgenstern, White House deputy press secretary, said.

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