Biden Gives Cautious Answers on Breonna Taylor and the Supreme Court

Less than six weeks from Election Day, Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Wednesday shied away…

Less than six weeks from Election Day, Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Wednesday shied away from two major issues of deep importance to Democrats, giving cautious responses to reporters’ questions about the police shooting of Breonna Taylor and President Trump’s imminent nomination for the Supreme Court.

Several hours after a grand jury in Kentucky declined to charge any officers in the killing of Ms. Taylor, indicting one for endangering her neighbors during a raid, Mr. Biden said in response to a reporter’s question that he had “not seen the report” and that he knew only broad information.

“I was told going in that there’s one charge against one of the officers. I don’t know the details,” Mr. Biden said, before vowing “to try to find that out” on his plane ride home from Charlotte, N.C.

Pressed for a fuller response, Mr. Biden again responded, “I don’t know the details, so I’m reluctant to comment.”

In Charlotte, Mr. Biden hosted a Black economic summit meeting where he spoke with a group that included small-business owners and local leaders.

“What country are we in?” he said. “I’m being facetious. I said what country are we in? Look, he says the most irrational things.”

“I don’t know what to say,” he concluded.