At the ABC News town hall with Joe Biden, Biden was asked about court-packing, a question he previously has refused to answer.

To his credit, George Stephanopolous did press him on the issue (although most of the event was softball), and Biden refused to rule it out, saying he would consider various options if Coney Barrett is rushed through confirmation.

The answer is somewhat rambling, but stay with it. The door is open. He says he’ll have a definite answer before Election Day.

GS: Well, right now it looks like they’re going to have a vote around Halloween. So if they vote on it, it’s before the election. If they vote on before the election, you are open to expanding the court.

BIDEN: I’m open to considering what happens from that point on.

GS: You know you said so many times during the campaign, all through the course of your career, it’s important to level …?

BIDEN: Well, it is, but George, if I, if I say no matter what answer I gave you, if I say it, that’s the headline tomorrow, it won’t be about what’s going on now. The improper way they’re proceeding.

GS: But don’t voters have a right to know where you are.

BIDEN: They do have a right to know what I stand and they’ll have a right to know where I stand before they vote.

GG: So you’ll come out with a clear position before election day.

BIDEN: Yes. Depending on how they handle this.

[Video via Curtis Houck Twitter]


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