Politics Fact check: Post online misquotes Biden on court-packing amid debate over size of Supreme Court
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The claim: Joe Biden said he’d let voters know where he stands on issues after the election
As Election Day nears, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is being pressed to clarify his positions on some issues. Aclaims he won’t share his general stances at all.
“The day after I’m elected I will let you know what I stand for, bc if I tell you now it will be all over the news,” the post reads, attributing the quote to Biden. The person who made the post did not respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment.
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Biden takes heat for response to question about court-packing
Biden never said the “day after” he’s elected, people will “know what he stands for.” Aof the exact quote turned up no results.
He did make a similar comment on Oct. 8 regarding the topic of court-packing, which is the idea of expanding the size of the Supreme Court. It was most famously suggested by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the 1930s,.
As conservative Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, has gone through her confirmation hearing in the Senate, conversation around expanding the high court has picked up. Biden has routinely refused to answer questions about it.
Merriam-Webster dictionary updates 'sexual preference' entry after Amy Coney Barrett hearing
Merriam-Webster added the word "offensive" to its usage guidance of "preference" and "sexual preference" when referring to sexual orientation.During the hearing Tuesday, Barrett was asked whether she agrees with the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s criticism of the same-sex marriage ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges – the landmark case which legalized gay marriage in the United States and which advocates worry Barrett would not support if confirmed to the nation's highest court.
"You'll know my opinion on court-packing when the election is over," Biden said during a campaign stop Oct. 8, according to.
"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 on the answer to that question," he said.
Biden took heat for his response and has been generally criticized for refusing to answer questions about court-packing. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., called Biden’s refusal to answer questions on the topic “,” and Vice President Mike Pence , Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., for refusing to answer a similar question at the Oct. 7 vice-presidential debate.
Biden has since walked back his Oct. 8 comment. At ABC News’ Biden town hall Oct. 15, he said he’dbefore the election, depending on how Barrett’s confirmation hearing was handled.
Fact check: True claim about Harris failing bar exam on first try and Barrett's law school rank
A post compares the early career qualifications of Judge Amy Coney Barrett and Sen. Kamala Harris. We rate this claim true.One user took to Facebook to compare the qualifications of the conservative Supreme Court nominee and the Democratic vice presidential nominee.
"(Voters) do have a right to know where I'll stand and they'll have a right to know where I stand before they vote,".
A few days prior, Bidenin Cincinnati that he’s “not a fan” of expanding the size of the Supreme Court.
And in an advance clip of an interview taped for "60 Minutes" and released Oct. 22, Biden said if elected he would appoint a special commission to study court-packing and other "reform" issues regarding the judicial system,.
"I will ask them to over 180 days come back to me with recommendations as to how to reform the court system because it's getting out of whack," Biden told "60 Minutes." In the clip, he also said the issues surrounding the judicial system "go well beyond packing," and should be studied by a "bipartisan commission of scholars" that includes "constitutional scholars, Democrats, Republicans, liberal, (and) conservative" members.
Our rating: False
Biden never said he’d let voters know “what he stands for” the day after the election so we rate this claim FALSE. He has made a similar claim on the topic of expanding the Supreme Court but recently walked that back. Biden has said he would appoint a bipartisan commission to look at the issue and other changes to the judicial system.
Fact check: Viral video of Joe Biden on running for Senate is missing context
A viral Facebook video claiming Joe Biden said he was running for Senate has been altered and leaves out key words. We rate it missing context.A viral 12-second clip on Facebook is now being used to claim that the former vice president got confused about which office he was seeking in the 2020 election.
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Contributing: David Jackson
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