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Harris says she hasn't 'made a plan one way or another' on meeting Supreme Court nominee

Harris says she hasn't 'made a plan one way or another' on meeting Supreme Court nominee
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden Harris more often the target of online misinformation than Pence: report Maya Rudolph says she loves playing Kamala Harris on SNL: 'Feels like being on the side of the good guys' MORE (D-Calif.) said Monday that she hasn’t “made a plan one way or another” on meeting President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign slams Facebook after thousands of ads blocked by platform's pre-election blackout Mnuchin says he learned of Pelosi's letter to him about stimulus talks 'in the press' Harris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden MORE’s Supreme Court nominee.

After speaking at Shaw University in North Carolina, reporters asked the vice presidential nominee whether she would meet with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, to which she replied, “I’m sure that’s going to happen. We’ll see how it works out.”

“I haven’t made a plan one way or another,” Harris said, according to a campaign pool report. 

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But the California senator and member of the Senate Judiciary Committee committed to being “involved in the hearings and performing my role and responsibility” on the panel. 

Harris was also questioned on whether Senate Democrats can delay the confirmation process or opt to respond should she and Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden Florida heat sends a dozen Trump rally attendees to hospital Harris more often the target of online misinformation than Pence: report MORE are elected to the White House.

“I’m going to focus on what’s within our power in these next 36 days, and what’s in our power is to elect Joe Biden president of the United States,” she responded. 

Harris is expected to be the most closely watched Democrat at Barrett’s upcoming confirmation hearings, pushing Biden’s running mate further into the spotlight. 

Several of her fellow Democrats on the Judiciary Committee, including Sens. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoOvernight Defense: Dems want hearing on DOD role on coronavirus vaccine | US and India sign data-sharing pact | American citizen kidnapped in Niger Senate Democrats want hearing on Pentagon vaccine effort FCC reaffirms order rolling back net neutrality regulations MORE (Hawaii) and Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), have said they will not hold informational meetings with Barrett, following the lead of Republicans who refused to meet with or hold a hearing for then-President Obama's Supreme Court nominee in 2016. 

Another member of the committee, Senate Minority Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDemocrats warn GOP will regret Barrett confirmation Democrats brace for nail-biting finish to Senate battle Democratic Senate emerges as possible hurdle for progressives  MORE (D-Ill.), said Sunday that he would “extend that courtesy” of meeting Barrett if she requests it, saying he wants “to be respectful.”

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