Democratic nominee Joe Biden said Friday he will “make clear” his position on adding judges to the Supreme Court after the Senate voted on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett.
“I want to make my position clear in the next few days when they vote on this candidate, but I have to stay focused on that,” he said in an interview with Fox 2 Detroit.
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Biden suggested the Republicans “pack the court” by filling the vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Barrett ̵
“Court package” is not usually used to fill vacancies, although a number of Democrats have tried to use this term to describe the process in recent weeks. Instead, it has traditionally referred to potentially politically motivated plans to expand the number of judges. on the field.
It was unsuccessfully attempted by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1937 to force through parts of his New Deal, which was governed constitutionally by the Supreme Court and has been an edge time for years. It has previously been condemned by both Biden and Ginsburg.
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However, the term has gained traction on the left since Republicans refused to hold hearings for Barack Obama-nominated Merrick Garland in 2016. A number of Democrats in the president’s primary supported court package, though Biden rejected the idea at the time.
In recent days, Biden has been evasive on the subject. Last week, he said “no, they do not” when asked if voters deserve to know his position. This week, he changed his tone, saying voters “have a right to know where I stand.”
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But in the interview with Fox 2 Detroit, he did not give a clear answer when asked when court packing might be appropriate.
“As you know, I have not been a fan of packing the court, but what can happen is that we have to look at how it all works and decide if there are other ways we should look. , how do we make sure this kind of thing does not happen, ”he said.