While Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has thus far attempted to walk a fine line between moderate voters and his party’s far-left faction, a prominent Republican is holding him to task over one issue in particular.
During a recent appearance on Fox Business, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) called out the former vice president for “running away” from tough questions, particularly on the topic of packing the Supreme Court, as Breitbart reported.
Cruz’s comments on Thursday came as Senate Republicans seek to confirm Trump nominee Amy Coney Barrett to the nation’s highest court. In response, a number of Democrats have recommended expanding the court if the party gains control of the White House and Senate in next month’s election.
Biden, running mate Kamala Harris, and other campaign officials have declined to provide a direct answer regarding whether the nominee would back such a plan.
According to Cruz, that continued equivocation is evidence that Biden is lying about his campaign’s “extreme” agenda because he knows it will not translate well among a majority of voters.
“The fact that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are running away from their extreme agenda, they’re not defending it in the debates, it shows just how unpopular that is with the American people,” he said, according to Breitbart.
While Harris, a fellow senator representing California, skirted efforts to evoke a definitive response during this week’s vice-presidential debate, Cruz praised Vice President Mike Pence for pushing her on the topic.
“I think Vice President Pence did a terrific job,” he said. “And four times, he tried to nail Kamala Harris down on whether or not she and Joe Biden support packing the court. And four times, she just refused to answer, like Joe Biden did last week.”
“Refused to answer”
The Texas Republican concluded that their reluctance to respond is because “they want to pack the court” so they can “fill it with political cronies,” Breitbart reported.
Doing so, he explained, would “destroy the independence of the court.”
For his part, Biden has attempted to rationalize his non-answers by suggesting the question itself plays into Trump’s hands. Regardless of whether that is true, voters have a right to know whether a presidential candidate would support such a radical partisan power grab within the judicial branch.
Cruz used the controversy to highlight the importance of confirming Barrett, concluding that conservatives “want constitutionalists who will protect our free speech, who will protect our religious liberty.”