Just like Joe Biden in the first presidential debate, Kamala Harris refused to say whether or not she would pack the Supreme Court with activist judges.
Vice President Mike Pence stepped in where Susan Page refused and asked Harris, “I think the American people would really like to know if Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States, are you and Joe Biden, if somehow you win this election, going to pack the Supreme Court to get your way?”
Instead of answering, Harris gave Pence what she called “a little history lesson” on how former President Abe Lincoln wanted a Supreme Court vacancy to be filled after an upcoming election.
Pence said that voters deserved to know whether BIden and Harris would pack the court, so Harris responded byaccusing Trump and Pence of being racist. Here is the video and full transcript:
Sen. Kamala Harris refuses to answer if Joe Biden would pack the Supreme Court pic.twitter.com/eeYSqQJkN0
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) October 8, 2020
PENCE: Well, thank you, Susan, but let me just say, addressing your very first question, I couldn’t be more proud to serve as vice president to a president who stands without apology for the sanctity of human life. I’m pro life. I don’t apologize for it, and this is another one of those cases where there’s such a dramatic contrast. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris support taxpayer funding of abortion all the way up to the moment of birth – late-term abortion. They want to increase funding to Planned Parenthood of America.
Now, for our part, I would never presume how Judge Amy Coney Barrett would rule on the Supreme Court of the United States, but we’ll continue to stand strong for the right to life. When you speak about the Supreme Court, though, I think the American people really deserve an answer, senator Harris. Are you and Joe Biden going to pack the court if Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed? There’ve been 29 vacancies on the supreme court during presidential election years from George Washington to Barack Obama.
Presidents have nominated in all 29 cases, but your party is actually openly advocating adding seats to the Supreme Court, which has had nine seats for 150 years, if you don’t get your way. This is a classic case of, if you can’t win by the rules, you are going to change the rules. Now, you’ve refused to answer the question, Joe Biden has refused to answer the question. So, I think the American people would really like to know if Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States, are you and Joe Biden, if somehow you win this election, going to pack the Supreme Court to get your way?
HARRIS: I’m so glad we went through a little history lesson. Let’s do that a little more. In 1864 —
PENCE: I’d like you to answer the question.
HARRIS: Vice president, I’m speaking. I’m speaking, okay? In 1864, one of the, I think political heroes, certainly of the president, I assume of you, also, Mr. Vice President, is Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln was up for re-election, and it was 27 days before the election, and a seat became open on the United States Supreme Court. Abraham Lincoln’s party was in charge, not only of the White House, but the Senate, but Honest Abe said, it’s not the right thing to do.
The American people deserve to make the decision about who will be the next president of the United States and then that person can select who will serve for a lifetime on the highest court of our land, and so Joe and I are very clear. The American people are voting right now, and it should be their decision about who will serve on this most important body for a lifetime.
PENCE: The people are voting right now. They’d like to know if you and Joe Biden are going to pack the Supreme Court if you don’t get your way in this nomination.
HARRIS: Let’s talk about packing.
PENCE: Once again, you gave a non-answer. Joe Biden gave a non-answer.
HARRIS: I’m trying to answer you now.
PENCE: The American people deserve a straight answer. If you haven’t figured it out, they are going to pack the Supreme Court if they somehow win this election. Men and women, I gotta tell you, people across this country, if you cherish our Supreme Court, if you cherish the separation of powers, you need to reject the Biden/Harris ticket. Come November the 3rd, re-elect President Donald Trump, and we’ll stand by the separation of powers in a nine-seat Supreme Court.
HARRIS: Let’s talk about packing the court then. Let’s talk about the fact —
HARRIS: Yeah, I’m about to. So the Trump/Pence administration has been, because I sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Susan, as you mentioned, and I have witnessed the appointments for lifetime appointments to the federal courts, district courts, courts of appeal, people who are purely ideological, people who have been reviewed by legal professional organizations and found to have been not competent, are substandard, and do you know that of the 50 people who President Trump appointed to the court of appeals for lifetime appointments, not one is black? This is what they’ve been doing. You want to talk about packing a court? Let’s have that discussion.
PAGE: Thank you, Senator. Let’s go on and talk about the issue of racial justice.
PENCE: I just want the record to reflect she never answered the question. The American people — maybe the next debate, Joe Biden will answer the question, but I think the American people know the answer.
One leading pro-life advocate tagged Harris for her non-response.
SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser told LifeNews: “Once again, when asked directly whether she supports packing the Supreme Court, Kamala Harris refused to answer,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Vice President Pence rightly called her out on her dodge, as well as her extremism on abortion. Pence articulated the stakes of this election in the starkest terms possible: Biden and Harris will force taxpayers to pay for abortion on demand through birth and pack the Court. The American people reject their radical agenda.”