Sens. Tim Kaine and Joe Biden embrace before the vote on Kavanaugh at the United States Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on Oct. 4, 2018. Biden, a vice presidential candidate and Democratic senator from Delaware who served as vice president under the Clintons, has said for months that he believes confirming Brett Kavanaugh would be a big mistake. However, he said he will publicly share his views on the replacement of Justice Anthony Kennedy if Democrats take the Senate. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Sen. Joe Biden won’t wait until after a Democrat takes control of the Senate to make clear whether he believes that a new justice should be appointed.
“As it gets closer, I’ll have a little clearer opinion,” Biden told The New York Times in an interview published Friday. “Not that long before November, I’ll be clear about that.”
The Times report comes in advance of Biden’s appearance next Wednesday on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” where he will discuss his involvement in the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation. The former vice president, who campaigned for the embattled nominee in Maryland and Colorado, will not go beyond his current stance that confirming Kavanaugh was a big mistake, the Times reported.
“What I said before was exactly right,” Biden told the Times. “But it doesn’t matter what I think. I’m not in the Senate anymore. All of a sudden I have to give a statement every day.”
If Democrats seize the Senate from Republicans, it could open the way for President Trump to make more Supreme Court nominees, Biden said. He also predicted that the rancor surrounding the Kavanaugh confirmation will continue.
“It will only get uglier until you get to the end,” Biden said. “It’s just not going to get any better.”
Biden told the Times he thinks Democrats should pick up four Senate seats.
“I’m not as optimistic as some people,” Biden said. “It’s going to take a bigger push.”
On Monday, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona is among the first Senate races in play with another independent, Rep. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, in a competitive re-election bid. Democrats are also eyeing the West Virginia seat held by Republican Senate candidate Patrick Morrisey, in the mold of a swing state such as Indiana.
Read the Times story here.