Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden stated in a clip released on Thursday that he will create a national commission tasked with reforming the court system. It’s a move critics say goes far beyond the possibility of packing the courts with liberal justices.
Biden has repeatedly refused to state whether he would undertake what Republicans have alleged are efforts to 'pack' the Supreme Court to weigh the power of America’s judicial system in favour of the Democratic Party.
“If elected, what I will do is I’ll put together a national commission of bipartisan commission of scholars, constitutional scholars, Democrats, Republicans, liberal, conservative,” Biden stated to CBS News.
“And I will ask them to over 180 days come back to me with recommendations as to how to reform the court system because it’s getting out of whack, the way in which it’s being handled. And it’s not about court packing. There’s a number of other things that our constitutional scholars have debated and I’d look to see what recommendations that commission might make.”
Biden’s statement follows after Republicans have repeatedly demanded he disavow the practice of court-packing. When asked by CBS News if Biden’s suggested national commission would “study this issue about whether to pack the court,” Biden said, “No, whether — there’s a number of alternatives that are — go well beyond packing.”
When questioned if “this is a live ball,” Biden responded, “Oh, it is a live ball. No, it is a live ball.”
“We’re going to have to do that. And you’re going to find there’s a lot of conservative constitutional scholars who are saying it, as well,” Biden stated.
“The last thing we need to do is turn the Supreme Court into just a political football, whoever has the most votes gets whatever they want. Presidents come and go. Supreme Court justices stay for generations."