The vice presidential debate went down Wednesday night and Senator Kamala Harris folded when Vice President Mike Pence hammered her over whether Democrats would pack the Supreme Court if Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the high court before Election Day.
During the debate Pence demanded that the "American people really deserve an answer" on court-packing. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden ducked the question during the first debate last week and Harris appears to be taking that same course of action.
“Are you and Joe Biden going to pack the court if Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed? Are you going to pack the court?” Pence pressed. “Your party is actually openly advocating adding seats to the Supreme Court, which has had 9 seats for 150 years, if you don’t get your way.”
Pence said the Democrats' threats is a "classic case of 'if you can't win by the rules, you change the rules.'"
Harris would not respond.
Pence persisted saying that the "American people would really like to know, if she is confirmed, are you and Joe Biden, if somehow you win this election, going to pack the Supreme Court to get your way?"
Democrats began to threaten packing the Supreme Court even before President Trump announced his pick to fill the vacant seat left by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Harris dodged the question again and instead said that the "American people deserve to make the decision" of "who will serve for a lifetime."
"Joe and I are very clear the American people are voting right now," she added, "and it should be their decision about who will serve on this most important body for a lifetime."
Vice President Pence wouldn't drop the issue and asked once again "if you and Joe Biden are going to pack the Supreme Court?"
Harris finally gave in saying, "Let's talk about packing the court then."
“I have witnessed appointments for lifetime appointments to federal courts,” Harris responded. “People who are purely ideological, who have been reviewed and found to have been not competent, or substandard.”
She added that "of the 50 people Trump appointed to the Court of Appeals - lifetime appointments - no one is Black. Want to talk about packing a court? Let's have that discussion."
Harris dodged the question several times and then tried to change the issue into that of a racial one. I would expect nothing less from a Democrat with something to hide.
Judge Barrett's confirmation hearing is set to begin on October 12 before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which Harris sits on.