During a debate Saturday with Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) became the first Senate Democrat candidate to back packing the Supreme Court with additional justices.
Bullock, who hopes to oust Daines in the November elections, said that should Senate Republicans confirm Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett, he would back Democrat measures to pack the nation’s highest court with additional justices.
“We need to figure out the ways to actually get the politics out of the court. That’s anything from a judicial standards commission, or we’ll look at any other thing that might be suggested, including adding justices,” he said.
Other Senate Democrat candidates such as Cal Cunningham in North Carolina and Theresa Greenfield in Iowa have ignored questions about whether they would back packing the Supreme Court.
Daines said in response, “If you want to politicize the courts, for heaven’s sake, you pack ’em.”
Daines said this marks how radical Bullock is on the issue of the Supreme Court, noting former Vice President Joe Biden has dodged questions about whether he would pack the Supreme Court if he was elected. Democrat vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) has also dodged questions about packing the court.
“Even Joe Biden said he wouldn’t answer that question right now.”
“That should be a chilling, profound moment, that has not happened for generations, it’s never been packed. As Montanans, that’s a threat to our Second Amendment,” he said.