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Fox News host Chris Wallace said Friday in an interview with fellow network personality Chris Hemmer that he does not believe Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, will be able to avoid answering whether or not they support “packing” the U.S. Supreme Court.
During the segment, Hemmer referenced a Wall Street Journal column by Kimberley Strassel, in which she pointed out that the 20 million or so Americans who tuned to the Wednesday debate between Harris and Vice President Mike Pence were hearing about portions of the Biden-Harris agenda for the first time.
From there, Hemmer pivoted to the “Fox News Sunday” host, asking for his views on the debate in which the vice president appeared to fare better than the California Democrat, according to a post-election assessment from undecided voters.
“I thought Mike Pence did a good job,” Wallace said, before hitting President Donald Trump for his decision to pull out of the second debate with Biden after the Commission on Presidential Debates declared it would be a virtual event.
“There are a lot of Republicans who would have been happy to have the storyline of what Mike Pence did on Wednesday night play out for a few days, questions about what they call the radical left-wing agenda of the Biden-Harris team,” Wallace said.
That includes “the question that Harris refused to answer, as Biden has refused to answer, about whether or not they would pack the court — those are very good questions…”
“Still are good questions,” Hemmer interjected, noting that the longer Biden and Harris refuse to answer the question, “the bigger the story it becomes.”
“This has really become a story around the Biden campaign, would you not agree?” Hemmer asked his network colleague.
“Absolutely,” Wallace responded. “And I don’t think…Biden and Harris are gonna be able to hold on” for the next roughly three weeks without having to answer the question one way or another.
“Look at the answer that Biden gave yesterday,” Wallace continued. “He said, ‘Look, if I give you my answer, it’s gonna be the headline.’ Well — so, what it is he’s gonna say? I would assume, you know, what would be the headline…you would think that would be…if it’s gonna be a big headline.
“If he says, ‘I’m not gonna pack the court,’ that’s not a big headline…tha[n] ‘I’m gonna pack the court.’ That certainly raises questions,” he continued.
“I think it’s impossible — and, frankly I think it would be foolish for Biden to try to hold out and refuse to talk about this for the next 25 days,” Wallace noted. “I understand why he’s doing it, because if he says ‘I’m gonna pack the court’ [with left-wing justices], that turns off the more moderate voters, and if he says, ‘I’m not gonna pack the court,’ that turns off people on the left-wing of the Democratic Party.
“But I don’t think you can walk this tightrope for three-plus weeks and get away with it,” said Wallace.
Notably, Wallace didn’t ask Biden his intentions regarding the nation’s highest court when he served as moderator for the first debate between him and Trump, despite the former vice president’s previous refusals to answer the question.
“It’s a legitimate question, but let me tell you why I’m not going to answer that question,” Biden said in an interview with Wisconsin TV station WBAY last month ahead of the first debate.
“It will shift the focus, that’s what [Trump] wants. Let’s say I answer, then the whole debate’s gonna be about what Biden said or didn’t say,” he said. “Biden said he would or wouldn’t. The discussion should be about why [Trump] is moving in a direction that is totally inconsistent with what the founders wanted.”
Biden also pledged over the summer as it became clear he would be his party’s nominee to release a list of black women he would consider appointing to the Supreme Court, but he hasn’t done that, either.
Critics say packing the court with left-leaning justices would create a ‘super-legislature’ by overtly politicizing a branch of government the founders sought to keep apolitical through lifetime appointments.
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