Biden town hall features former Obama speechwriter who asks question, former VP again dodged court-packing question

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During Thursday’s night town hall featured Joe Biden, he received a question from an “undecided” voter who actually worked as a speechwriter for President Barack Obama.

You can watch the question below.


As he answered the question, he danced around the question about court-packing.

Biden rambled until Geroge Stephanopolous interrupted.

“The President’s president for all four years, isn’t he,” Stephanopolous said.

“He is, but once an election begins, by implication, it is inconsistent with the constitutional principles in my view,” Biden said. “You get disagreement among scholars on this.”

Biden said the vacancy created by Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death should’ve been held.

Stephanopolous reminded Biden he refused to support packing the court during a Democrat primary debate.

“What is, the nomination, what I wanted to do George, you know if I had answered the question directly, then all the focus would be on what’s Biden going to do if he wins,” Biden said. “Instead of on is it appropriate what is going on now. This is the thing that the President loves to do — always take our eye off the ball.”

Biden said he hasn’t been a fan of court-packing, but he wouldn’t rule out doing it. It will depend on how the confirmation hearing of Amy Coney Barrett goes, he added.

Stephanopolous asked if Biden is open to expanding the court IF Republicans confirm Barrett before the election.

“I’m open to considering what happens from that point on,” Biden said.

Stephanopolous called Biden out, sort of, for his dancing.

“You know, you’ve said so many times during the campaign, all through the course of your career, it’s important to level with the American people,” he said. “Don’t voters have a right to know where you stand?”

“They do have a right to know where I stand and they’ll have a right to know where I stand before they vote,” Biden said.

“So you’ll come out with a clear position before election day,” Stephanoplous asked.

“Yes. Pending on how they handle this,” Biden said.

For the record, millions of people have already voted.

Author: Jacob Hall


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