Joe Biden Still Doesn’t Have a Coherent Answer About Court Packing
Exactly one year ago, former Vice President Joe Biden stood on stage with 11 other presidential hopefuls and got asked a direct question about whether he would “seek to add justices to the Supreme Court.”
Biden’s answer was clear: “I would not get into court packing,” he said. “We had three justices. Next time around, we lose control, they add three justices. We begin to lose any credibility the court has at all.”
On Thursday night, Biden was the only candidate on stage at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia—he and President Donald Trump had dueling town hall events in lieu of a second presidential debate. And he was, once again, asked about whether he’d support an attempt to add justices to the Supreme Court in light of Republican efforts to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the court prior to this year’s election.
The version of Biden who was once clear-eyed about the dangers of expanding the Supreme Court has recently become much foggier on the topic, and ABC’s George Stephanopoulos gave Biden a chance to set the record straight. The former vice president declined to take it.
“I have not been a fan of court packing,” Biden said, before repeating his concerns about every subsequent president trying to add more and more justices.
“So you’re still
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