(PresidentialInsider.com)- Democrat Joe Biden has finally revealed his thoughts on the future of the Supreme Court.
In a one-minute clip of a “60 Minutes” interview that is set to air in its entirety this Sunday night, Biden said if he were elected, he’ll create a bipartisan commission whose duty will be to recommend changes to be made to the Supreme Court.
Biden has consistently declined to give his true feelings on what’s known as “court packing” — the practice of expanding the number of justices on the high court in an effort to appoint more justices from one party. Court packing has been mentioned by many Democrats as a way to get more liberals on the court after the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
In the clip, Biden says:
“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, 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.”
Biden wouldn’t classify his idea as court packing, although it’s hard to see it as anything other than that. He continued:
“And it’s not about court packing. There’s a number of other things that constitutional scholars have debated, and I’ve looked to see what recommendations that commission might make.”
Just last week, Biden said he was “not a fan” of court packing. During his town hall with George Stephanopoulos on ABC, Biden was asked: “So you’ll come out with a clear position before election day?”
His answer was: “Yes. Depending on how they handle this.”
He was referring in his answer to Republicans in the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate as a whole. Now, after the Judiciary Committee advanced the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the full Senate despite all 10 Democrats on the committee boycotting the vote, Biden is likely to fire back with his thoughts about the whole situation.
Biden said he believes Senate Republicans, at the direction of President Donald Trump, pushed through Barrett’s nomination so that another conservative justice is on the Supreme Court in time to hear a case that could finally overturn the Affordable Care Act in its entirety.
As Biden said at a rally in Michigan last week:
“Getting rid of Obamacare is why they are racing to get this nominee through the Supreme Court. Make no mistake about it, Trump has made it clear from the beginning … he wants to get rid of Obamacare in its entirety. And with this nominee, he’s made that incredibly clear as well.”
The court has been operating with eight justices since the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and while there’s technically a 5-3 advantage for conservatives, Chief Justice John Roberts often sides with liberals. In fact, he has done so on at least three occasions in what ended up being major victories for liberals since the beginning of the summer.