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Biden campaign co-chair says Supreme Court packing question is 'hypothetical'

Biden campaign co-chair says Supreme Court packing question is 'hypothetical'
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Rep. Cedric RichmondCedric RichmondTrey Gowdy sets goal of avoiding ideological echo chamber with Fox News show The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden faces pressure amid infrastructure negotiations Buttigieg acknowledges 'daylight' between White House, GOP on infrastructure MORE (D-La.), the co-chair of Joe BidenJoe BidenBaltimore police chief calls for more 'boots on the ground' to handle crime wave Biden to deliver remarks at Sen. John Warner's funeral Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump MORE's campaign, refused to answer whether or not he or the Democratic presidential nominee supported expanding the Supreme Court -- a question Biden and other Democrats been avoiding in recent weeks.

"I think it's a legitimate question for you to ask, but it is a distraction with 22 days before the election," Richmond said on ABC's "This Week."

Speaking with guest host Jon Karl, the congressman was asked where Biden stood on the issue of court-packing. Rep. Richmond said, "That's a better question for me. I'm in Congress. It would take legislation from the United States Congress and the United States Senate to do it. But I think that Joe Biden and Senator Harris are very clear, that it is a distraction. We should not be talking about a hypothetical court packing once this nominee is confirmed. What's -- when we're talking about packing, we're talking about all the judges that he is packing on the court right now."

Richmond then shifted the attention to President TrumpDonald TrumpGuardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump Schumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster MORE's own record of "court-packing."

"He packed the appellate court, the circuit court, with 50 judges. But I bet you he didn't mention that to black or brown people yesterday at his White House rally, that out of 50 circuit court judges, he couldn't find one qualified black person to sit on the circuit court. So when you talk about court packing, that's what they're doing," Richmond said.

Biden has thus far stated that he will not reveal his stance on court-packing until after the election.