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Democratic Delaware senator says he is open to expanding the Supreme Court

Democratic Delaware senator says he is open to expanding the Supreme Court
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Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsWhat a Biden administration should look like Bitter fight over Barrett fuels calls to nix filibuster, expand court Ocasio-Cortez: Republicans don't believe Democrats 'have the stones to play hardball' MORE (D-Del.) said on Sunday he was open to expanding the number of justices that sit on the Supreme Court should Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline Overnight Defense: Trump campaign's use of military helicopter raises ethics concerns | Air Force jets intercept aircraft over Trump rally | Senators introduce bill to expand visa screenings MORE be elected president.

“Like Joe Biden, I’m not a fan of expanding the court but we have a few weeks here to see whether there are four Republicans who will step back from this precipice," Coons told CNN's Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperFeehery: The best and the brightest Trump is cruising for a bruising Meadows doubles down on White House pandemic response: 'We're not going to control it' MORE on “State of the Union.”

Coons argued that President TrumpDonald John TrumpHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Police called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policy Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline MORE was pushing the nomination of Judge Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettSupreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline Trump fights for battleground Arizona Supreme Court won't fast-track GOP bid to block Pennsylvania mail ballot extension MORE through to overturn the Affordable Care Act in the midst of a pandemic, a common criticism from Democrats throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

Coons characterized the focus on Biden’s intentions with the Supreme Court as a distraction, echoing a sentiment by Biden when asked if he would be in favor of allowing more than nine justices on the high court.

“[Republicans are] doing this to get someone on the court just in time, a week after the election, to take away critical health care protections from a majority of Americans, we need to focus on that,” Coons said. “And then if we happen to be in the fact pattern where we have a President Biden who will have to look at what the right steps are to rebalance our federal judiciary.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on Barrett's nomination this week, with the full chamber likely to approve her confirmation before Election Day.

Biden has spent weeks avoiding answering the question of whether he would support an expanded court. During a town hall on Thursday, Biden said he would leave the door open to the possibility.