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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said on Monday that he is “not a fan” of court-packing, in response to weeks of questions about whether he would add seats to the Supreme Court if elected.
At a campaign appearance in Cincinnati, Ohio, Biden was asked by WKRC-TV about his position on expanding the Supreme Court, a topic that has gained prominence with the current confirmation hearings of Judge Amy Coney Barrett just weeks before the November election.
“I’ve already spoken: I’m not a fan of court packing, but I don’t want to get off on that whole issue,” he said. “I want to keep focused. The president would love nothing better than to fight about whether or not I would, in fact, pack the court or not pack the court. The focus is why is he doing what he’s doing now?”
With numerous Democratic politicians raising the prospect of adding seats to the current court makeup of nine justices in retaliation for Barrett’s nomination and the rejection of Judge Merrick Garland, who was denied a hearing by Senate Republicans after being nominated by then-President Barack Obama in 2016, Biden has faced pressure to state a firm position.
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Source:: Businessinsider – Politics