Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has confirmed he would appoint a special commission to study the US court system over 180 days, if he won the election next month, to provide reform recommendations relating to the supreme court and beyond.
In response to questions about the US supreme court during an interview for this Sunday’s 60 Minutes news magazine, the former vice-president and Joe Biden told CBS TV managing editor Norah O’Donnell that the court system is “getting out of whack” and that “there’s a number of alternatives that go well beyond ‘packing’”, ie increasing the number of seats on the nine-justice supreme court bench.
“The last thing we need to do is turn the supreme court into just a political football, [that means] whoever has the most votes gets whatever they want,” Biden said in the interview, which airs just nine days ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
“Presidents come and go. Supreme court justices stay for generations,” he added.
In keeping with the show’s election tradition, both candidates will be featured in separate interviews to spell out their plans for the country. The previews come following reports that Donald Trump abruptly ended what was intended to be an hour-long interview at the White House after 45 minutes, before chastising correspondent Stahl for her professionalism and lack of mask.