Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden told reporters Monday that Judge Amy Coney Barrett faith “should not be considered” during her Supreme Court confirmation hearings.
“No, her faith should not be considered,” Biden said in response to a reporter’s question Monday morning in Delaware before heading to Ohio. “I don’t think there’s any question about her faith.”
The question of Barrett faith has become a focus, as Republicans warn that Democrats would try to use Barrett’s faith that they believe will affect her decision in her ruling to disqualifies her nomination.
Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) made headlines in 2017 after criticizing Barrett’s Catholic faith during her Appellate court hearings for the seventh circuit, telling the nominee “the dogma lives loudly within you.”
“When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you and that’s a concern,” Feinstein said in 2017 to Barrett.
Biden mentioned the 2012 election when he as Vice President and former President Obama were running for a second term against then GOP-presidential nominee Mitt Romney, whose Mormon faith was brought up as an issue during this time.
“You may remember, I got in trouble when we were running against Senator, who was a Mormon, he was a governor, OK? And I took him on, and nobody’s faith should be questioned,” Biden stated while forgetting Sen. Mitt Romney name in trying to make his point.
The former Vice President then pivoted to discuss what majority of Democrats have been using as its main talking points during their day 1 of Supreme Court confirmation opening statements — spotlighting the legal battle of Obamacare to warn that Barrett’s quick confirmation would mean “20 million Americans may lose their health care.”
“I tell you what, we’re already in the midst of a real fight here,” Biden said. “Everyone knows in 28 days 20 million Americans may lose their health care. This nominee says she wants to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, the president wants to get rid of the Affordable Care Act.”
“Let’s keep our eye on the ball,” Biden added. “This is about whether or not in less than one month Americans are gonna lose their health insurance.”
The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a week after the election the fate of the Affordable Care Act.
During the Vice Presidential debate last Wednesday, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) who also sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee said it was “insulting” for Vice President Mike Pence to accuse her of targeting Barrett over her Catholic faith.
“Joe Biden and I are both people of faith, and it’s insulting to suggest that we would knock anyone for their faith,” Harris said.
However, Harris has target a federal judicial nominee in the past. In 2018, the California Senator strongly suggested that being a member of the Knights of Columbus disqualifies one for the federal bench. During her line of questions to federal district court nominee Brian Buescher, she zeroed in on his membership in the Knights of Columbus.
“Were you aware that the Knights of Columbus opposed a woman’s right to choose when you joined the organization?” Harris asked Buescher.
“I do not recall if I was aware whether the Knights of Columbus had taken a position on the abortion issue when I joined at the age of eighteen,” Buescher replied.
Barrett if nominated would be the sixth Catholic nominated to the Supreme Court.