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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 HarrisTrump knocks idea of a 'female socialist president' Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' Watch live: Biden participates in HBCU homecoming MORE (D-Calif.) said Monday that she hasn’t “made a plan one way or another” on meeting President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama slams Trump in Miami: 'Florida Man wouldn't even do this stuff' Trump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Pence's chief of staff tests positive for COVID-19 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 BidenObama slams Trump in Miami: 'Florida Man wouldn't even do this stuff' Trump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Brad Pitt narrates Biden ad airing during World Series 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 HironoDurbin says he will run for No. 2 spot if Dems win Senate majority Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein Senate Democrats call for ramped up Capitol coronavirus testing 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 DurbinSenators battle over Supreme Court nominee in rare Saturday session McConnell tees up Barrett nomination, setting up rare weekend session Bipartisan group of senators call on Trump to sanction Russia over Navalny poisoning MORE (D-Ill.), said Sunday that he would “extend that courtesy” of meeting Barrett if she requests it, saying he wants “to be respectful.”

Trump officially nominated Barrett on Saturday to fill the vacancy in the Supreme Court after the death of Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgMcConnell tees up Barrett nomination, setting up rare weekend session Jaime Harrison raises million in two weeks for South Carolina Senate bid Dozens of legal experts throw weight behind Supreme Court term limit bill MORE on Sept. 18.