ABC reporter John Verhovek points out comments made by former VP Joe Biden during an interview with Wisconsin local affiliate WBAY on Monday in which the Democratic presidential nominee does not say whether he would promise not to increase the number of Supreme Court justices. “I’m not going answer that question because it will shift the focus, that’s what [Trump] wants,” Biden said when asked directly. “Let’s say I answer that question, then the whole debates gonna be about what Biden said or didn’t say, Biden said he would or wouldn’t.”
QUESTION, WBAY: If Trump’s Supreme Court pick goes through but you win the election, democrats take over Senate and maintain the House, would you consider adding more Supreme Court justices to the bench? JOE BIDEN: It’s a legitimate question, but let me tell you why I’m not going answer that question because it will shift the focus, that’s what he wants, he never wants to talk about the issue at hand and he always tries to change the subject. Let’s say I answer that question, then the whole debate is gonna be about what Biden said or didn’t say, Biden said he would or wouldn’t. The discussion should be about why he is moving in a direction that’s totally inconsistent with what founders wanted. The Constitution says voters get to pick a president who gets to make the pick and the senate gets to decide. We’re in the middle of the election right now, you know people are voting now. By the time this Supreme Court hearing would be held, if they hold one, it’s estimated 30 to 40% of American people already have voted. It is a fundamental breach of constitutional principle. It must stay on that and it shouldn’t happen.