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Biden says he'll reveal position on court packing 'when the election is over'

Biden says he'll reveal position on court packing 'when the election is over'
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Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe Biden Pence said he's 'proud' Congress certified Biden's win on Jan. 6 Americans put the most trust in their doctor for COVID-19 information: poll US to give Afghanistan 3M doses of J&J vaccine MORE on Thursday refused to say whether he supports adding additional seats to the Supreme Court, saying he won't reveal his position until after the November election.

"You'll know my opinion on court packing when the election is over," Biden said during a campaign stop in Phoenix.

"It's a great question, and I don't blame you for asking. But you know, the moment I answer that question, the headline in every one of your papers will be on the answer to that question," he said.

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Biden suggested that major media coverage of his stance on the Supreme Court would needlessly distract from "what's going on" in America.

The Democratic nominee has repeatedly refused to say whether he backs adding more seats to the court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgOcasio-Cortez says Breyer should retire from Supreme Court Progressives want to tighten screws beyond Manchin and Sinema Juan Williams: Time for Justice Breyer to go MORE last month.

President TrumpDonald Trump Pence said he's 'proud' Congress certified Biden's win on Jan. 6 Americans put the most trust in their doctor for COVID-19 information: poll OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Biden administration to evacuate Afghans who helped US l Serious differences remain between US and Iran on nuclear talks l US, Turkish officials meet to discuss security plans for Afghan airport MORE and Republicans have warned that Biden and other leading Democrats wish to "pack" the high court with liberal justices to offset an expected strengthened conservative majority that would result from the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett, Trump's pick to replace Ginsburg on the court.

"We are going to get a whole lot done, and as I've said, everything, everything is on the table," Sen. Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats seek to calm nervous left Biden says he won't sign bipartisan bill without reconciliation bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senators, White House to meet on potential infrastructure deal MORE (D-N.Y.) said earlier this month in response to Republicans' vows to confirm Barrett to the court before the Nov. 3 elections.

The Senate has scheduled confirmation hearings for Barrett for next week, with Republicans pushing to hold a vote on her nomination before the end of the month.

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Biden similarly refused to give a definitive answer on Supreme Court seats during last week's debate against Trump.

“Whatever position I take in that, that'll become the issue,” Biden said. “The issue is the American people should speak. You’re voting now. Vote, and let your senators know how you feel.”

Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisWhite House deploys top officials in vaccine blitz Two top travel aides for Harris are leaving their posts: report America Ferrera slams 'abstractions' and 'platitudes' in immigration debate MORE also refused to weigh in on packing the court when pressed by Vice President Pence during Wednesday night's debate.

“Once again you gave a non-answer, Joe Biden gave a non-answer,” Pence admonished Harris. “The American people deserve a straight answer. And if you haven't figured it out yet, the straight answer is they are going to pack the Supreme Court if they somehow win this election.”