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Democratic presidential candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke said he is open to adding seats on the Supreme Court during a Thursday campaign stop.
Speaking at a coffee shop in Burlington, Iowa, O’Rourke, said adding six seats to the high court could curb political dysfunction.
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“What if there were five justices selected by Democrats, five justices selected by Republicans, and those ten then picked five more justices independent of those who chose the first ten?” O’Rourke said, invoking a reform proposal that has gained currency in recent weeks. “I think that’s an idea that we should explore.”
“The Court should be able to reflect the diversity that we are composed of in this country,” he added. He also said imposing term limits would ensure a “regular rotation” of justices.
“Court-packing” has emerged from the political peripheries and gained serious traction in the Democratic presidential primary. Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who are both seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, have expressed openness to court-packing in various forms.
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