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First Presidential Debate Homes in on SCOTUS But Not Substantive Reform

Last night’s presidential debate could only called “an embarrassment to our democracy.”

What’s more, though the Supreme Court was mentioned at the top and referenced throughout, a conversation on SCOTUS reform was lacking. That’s a real shame.

FTC’s Gabe Roth had this reaction and will have an op-ed in Bloomberg Law on court modernization tomorrow:

“Despite its outsize role in our democracy, the Supreme Court was scarcely mentioned during the primary debates, so I was pleased to see a change last night. That said, I’m disappointed both presidential contenders remain out of step with the majority of Americans who want substantive court reform.

“After several high stakes nomination fights over the last few years, voters recognize the need to forge a less contentious path when a high court vacancy arises. We don’t think it’d be too much to ask for President Trump and former VP Biden to put forward plans for modernizing the appointment process in a way that bolsters the judiciary’s dignity and independence.”

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