Biden Campaign Continues To Deflect On Court-Packing

Четверг, 15 Окт, 2020

I'm going to stay focused on it so we don't take our eyes off the ball here'.

Mr Biden has expressed opposition to the idea of expanding the Supreme Court before, but in recent weeks notably dodged multiple questions from the media about the proposal, insisting he would answer the question after the election.

And Mr. Biden has come up with a unique answer: I'm not going to tell you. The campaign contends the topic and questions distract from other issues such as the Coronavirus and are intended too.

If anything, it has just added fuel to the political fire in recent days.

This election has also challenged Donald Trump and Joe Biden in the field of foreign policy issues, including the U.S. policy towards the West Asia, the ways to fight against coronavirus, the racism issues, and etc.

Biden's campaign badly misjudged the potential impact of the court packing plan, believing it was inside baseball and in a nation totally preoccupied with an unprecedented public health crisis, a suggestion that the Supreme Court be expanded would fail to gain traction with voters.

Democrats have fired back in a variety of ways. Kamala Harris, instead shifted to talking about they types of appointees Trump has made to the federal bench, calling some "not competent" and "purely ideological".

Biden claimed in 2019 that, but he failed to state his stance in weeks from Ginsburg's passing, he rejected the suggestion of the inclusion of more courts to reevaluate the ideological composition of the judiciary. In this week's vice presidential debate, vice president Mike pence grilled Harris, who pointedly avoided probes.

Also on Fox News Sunday, Delaware Sen. Despite precedent establishing the normalcy of Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court, Biden has repeatedly stated that the process should not go forward until the voters have had their say in November.

So far, Biden and Harris have sought to recuse themselves from answering if they agree the number of Justices should be expanded.

Along the way, Mr. Biden has even said "it's not constitutional" for Republicans to fill Justice Ginsburg's vacant seat.

Democrats have criticized the haste with which Republicans have rushed to nominate and confirm Barrett before the election in light of some Republican comments before the 2016 election regarding the confirmation of former Obama nominee Merrick Garland.

While serving in the Senate, Biden had previously expressed opposition to expanding the Supreme Court and said as recently as previous year during the Democratic primary that it would be a "bad idea". "The president would love nothing more than arguing over whether I pack the court or not". "It was totally within his right to do that".

"But it was a bonehead idea".

During a primary debate, he said, "I would not get into court-packing".

Packing the court would be a "partisan suicide-bombing" that would signal the end of the judiciary branch having any semblance of being apolitical, the senator added. Next time around, we lose control, they add three justices.

Texans on Tuesday joined a wave of Americans casting ballots at a record-setting pace, jamming early-voting polling places ahead of a Nov 3 election showdown between Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden.