In an interview that aired Sunday before Judge Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed, Joe Biden finally gave a more substantial answer to the question of whether he would move to add more justices to the Supreme Court if elected.
Norah O’Donnell asked “Judge Amy Coney Barrett is on track to become the ninth U.S. Supreme Court justice. That would give the conservatives a six-three majority. If elected, would you move to add more justices to the Supreme Court?”
Biden replied “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”
O’Donnell asked “This is a live ball?”
To which Biden replied “Oh, it is a live ball. No, it is a live ball. We’re gonna have to do that. And you’re gonna find there’s a lotta conservative constitutional scholars who are saying it as well. 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.”