Democrat presidential nominee, Joe Biden has become known for flipping his stance on important issues in an attempt to sway votes in his favor. Biden has previously vowed to ban fracking his first day in the office then famously said he does not plan to ban the practice at all. Keeping up with where the Biden camp stands is dizzying as they continue to flip flop on the issues. As Senate Judiciary Committee hearings begin to confirm President Trump’s nominee, Amy Coney Barrett to the vacant seat left by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg both Biden and vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris have been repeatedly questioned on their stance on the subject of “court-packing.” Both have recently dodged the questions however in 1983 Joe Biden was more vocal calling it a “bonehead idea.”
According to reports from Fox News:
Biden, then a U.S. Senator from Delaware, made the comments during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in July 1983 regarding nominations to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. At the time, Republican President Ronald Reagan had stoked controversy for attempting to replace three members of the commission.
Biden argued at the time that, although it was within the president’s right to do so, it risked damaging the credibility of the commission. He compared it to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s unsuccessful attempts in 1937 to expand the Supreme Court by six justices – in other words, pack the court.
“President Roosevelt clearly had the right to send to the United States Senate and the United States Congress a proposal to pack the court. It was totally within his right to do that. He violated no law. He was legalistically, absolutely correct,” Biden, then 40, told the committee. “But it was a bonehead idea. It was a terrible, terrible mistake to make. And it put in question, if for an entire decade, the independence of the most-significant body … in this country, the Supreme Court of the United States of America.”
Biden’s stance in the ’80s offered a much clearer picture as opposed to the candidate’s “vote for me and see” approach he is attempting now regarding the subject. As reporters continue to ask his opinion Biden simply believes American voters don’t deserve to know his stance unless they vote for him. At a campaign stop in Phoenix, Arizona Biden said the country would “know my position on court-packing when the election is over.”
👀 Joe Biden tells a reporter American voters “don’t deserve” to know his position on packing the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/rEmv2Q08JT
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