Biden’s runner-up, Senator Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Also dodged the issue of court wrapping when it came up in the Vice Presidential Debate this week. She argued that Republicans packed up in court by urging hundreds of judges for the lower courts and that “of the 50 people President Trump appointed to the court of appeal for life-long appointments, none are black”.
Democrats have condemned the Senate GOP for violating the precedent they believe was established in the spring of 2016 when Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to hold hearings for then-President Barack Obama’s candidate, citing the upcoming election. However, the presidents are allowed to make appointments until the end of the year on their terms.
That court battle, which became moot when Trump won the 201
The final confirmation battle began when Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on September 18, presenting the Republicans with a tight schedule for confirmation of their replacement. The final vote should take place days before the election.
Biden’s eagerness to change the subject stems from his and his comrade-in-arms bothering to sidestep questions about whether they would make judicial reforms like adding seats to the court to level out an early conservative majority.
While Biden, a staunch institutionalist, has said in the past he was against packing in court, Harris said during her presidential motion that she was open to such changes.
Vice President Mike Pence briefed Harris in this week’s Vice Presidential Debate about the prospect of inquiries that she has specifically dodged.
Biden raised his eyebrows on Friday when he replied that voters “don’t deserve” to hear his stance in court ahead of the elections.
“You will know my opinion on the trial when the elections are over,” he said the day before, claiming that whatever position he takes would be a distraction from more pressing issues.
He repeated this argument on Saturday.
“We should focus on what is happening,” he said. “And the fact of the matter is that now this court will only be grabbed by the Republicans after the vote has started. I’ll focus on that so we don’t lose sight of the ball here. “