Biden claimed in the interview, the clip of which was released Thursday morning before his final debate with President Donald Trump, that his proposed commission was “not about court wrapping.” Urged by O’Donnell whether the commission would investigate the court’s packing by adding more seats, Biden claimed that it would not only look at that issue.
“There are a number of alternatives that go well beyond packing,” the former vice president said, despite admitting that Liberals’ demands to pack the field are a “live ball”.
Although the question of whether a Democratic president should add seats to the country’s supreme court was a new issue in September after Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, it became increasingly urgent.
Trump and the Senate Republicans have pledged to occupy their seats in court despite the proximity to the elections and polls showing the president’s re-election and the Senate majority of Republicans at risk. The Senate will vote on Trump’s candidate, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, on Monday.
Since Ginsburg’s death, Biden’s answer to questions about whether he supports the packing of the court has evolved from ignoring such questions to declaring that he would explain his position on the matter after the election and deny that voters have the right to knowing his thoughts before they cast their ballots. Since then he has made it clear that he is “not a fan” of court packaging.
“The last thing we have to do is turn the Supreme Court into a political football. Whoever has the most votes gets what they want,” Biden told O’Donnell, adding, “Presidents come and go. The Supreme Court justices remain for generations. “