During the presidential debate last week, Joe Biden was directly asked if he supported the idea of “court-packing” or adding more justices to the Supreme Court to flip the conservative majority.
He refused to answer the question.
During Wednesday evening’s vice presidential debate, Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris was also directly asked if her ticket supported the idea to add up to four more liberal justices to the nation’s highest court.
She refused to answer the question.
Now, after both debates, American voters are no closer to understanding whether or not the Biden-Harris ticket would enact a major overhaul to the Supreme Court.
As a Washington Examiner op-ed points out, the question on court-packing was not the only question Harris dodged or plainly refused to answer as the vice-presidential candidate left the debate stage having offered very little to the American people in terms of a policy agenda.
From the Washington Examiner:
Harris, under questioning from Vice President Mike Pence and moderator Susan Page, either refused to answer questions or promoted policies that were starkly different from clearly laid out positions.
Harris, for instance, insisted that the Democratic contenders did not support banning fracking and that they would not raise taxes on anybody earning under $400,000.
But during the primaries, Harris herself plainly stated, “There’s no question I’m in favor of banning fracking.” Biden also told a voter he favored banning fracking, and during a Democratic primary debate, he declared, “No new fracking” and said he would “make sure it was eliminated.”
When it came to packing the courts, just like Biden before her, Harris refused to answer the question. In reality, liberals and many high-ranking Democrats have called for expanding the Supreme Court to pack it with liberal justices if they retake power as retaliation should Republicans confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
Perhaps most perplexing, when Pence pointed out that Biden-Harris back taxpayer funding of abortions, Harris shook her head — as if to indicate it wasn’t true.
Yet early in his candidacy, Biden abandoned his previous support for the Hyde Amendment, a once bipartisan standard that has kept taxpayers from funding abortion through Medicaid. To this day, Biden’s actual healthcare plan reads: “Vice President Biden supports repealing the Hyde Amendment because health care is a right that should not be dependent on one’s zip code or income. And, the public option will cover contraception and a woman’s constitutional right to choose.”