Biden leaves door open to adding Supreme Court justices

Biden leaves door open to adding Supreme Court justices
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Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Republican calls second bout of COVID-19 'far more challenging' Conflicting school mask guidance sparks confusion Biden: Pathway to citizenship in reconciliation package 'remains to be seen' MORE on Thursday kept the door open to adding justices to the Supreme Court if Republicans push ahead with confirming President TrumpDonald TrumpRonny Jackson, former White House doctor, predicts Biden will resign McCarthy: Pelosi appointing members of Jan. 6 panel who share 'pre-conceived narrative' Kinzinger denounces 'lies and conspiracy theories' while accepting spot on Jan. 6 panel MORE’s nominee Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettAnti-abortion movement eyes its holy grail Abortion rights face most difficult test yet at Supreme Court Overnight Health Care: Biden officials says no change to masking guidance right now | Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of Medicaid expansion | Mississippi's attorney general asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade MORE.

Speaking at a town hall event on ABC, moderator George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosSunday shows - Jan. 6 investigation dominates Senate Republican 'not happy' with Pelosi plan to delay infrastructure vote Pelosi signals Kinzinger's likely appointment to Jan. 6 panel MORE tried to pin Biden down on a question that has dogged the nominee for weeks on the campaign trail.

Biden appeared to say he’d provide a clearer answer before Election Day.


But he also indicated he’d be open to “court packing” if he thought Republicans were trying to rush Barrett’s confirmation through.

“I’m not a fan [of court packing] but it depends on how this turns out,” Biden said. “Not on who wins, but how it’s handled.”

“What does that mean, ‘how it’s handled,’ ” Stephanopoulos responded.

Biden said that if Republicans go through with Barrett “in a day kind of thing” he’d consider adding justices.

“It depends on how much they rush this,” Biden said.

Stephanopoulos challenged Biden, saying the candidate has always said it’s important to level with voters.


“Don’t voters have a right to know?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“They do have a right to know where I stand and they have a right to know before they vote,” Biden said.

“So you’ll come out with a clear answer before Election Day?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“Yes,” Biden said. “Depending on how they handle this.”

Biden has sought to evade the question for weeks now as Republicans have warned he’d give in to Democratic demands of adding justices to the Supreme Court.

“You know if I’d answer directly all the focus would be on what is Biden going to do if he wins, instead of on is it appropriate what’s going on now,” Biden said. “This is what the president loves to do, always take our eye off the ball on what is at stake.”