Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she is “alive” in contrast to senator, said she would be dead within six months

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Tuesday that she is “very much alive,” tamping down concerns that the recent health issues could lead to them to leave the Bank.

“It was a senator, I think it was the glands in my pancreatic cancer [2009], announced with great joy that I was going to be dead within six months,” she told National Public Radio. “That senator, whose name I forget, is now dead, and I’m very much alive.”

Ginsburg was referring to Jim Bunning, a Hall of Fame baseball pitcher, who served two terms as a Republican U.S. Senator from Kentucky, between 1999 and 2011. In February 2009, Bunning said in a speech that Ginsburg had “bad cancer. The way they it is not better … Even if she was operated on, usually, nine months is the longest that someone can live in dignity” with pancreatic cancer.

WASHINGTON – MARCH 02: U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY)
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Bunning later apologized for his remarks in a statement, which misspelled Ginsburg his name. About five months later, Bunning ended his candidacy for a third term and accused his GOP colleagues of doing “everything in their power to dry up my fundraising.” Rand Paul went on to win the seat in 2010.

Bunning, died in may of 2017, at the age of 85 months after suffering a stroke.

The 86-year-old Ginsburg took a break from the court after surgery to remove cancerous nodules from the lungs in December of 2018, but back to the court in February of this year. She also had colon cancer in 1999 and had implanted a stent to open in her heart, a blocked artery in the year 2014.

In a speech a little more than a year after Bunning made the remarks, Ginsburg said, “I am delighted to report that, in contrast to sen Bunning’s prediction, I am alive and in good health.”


Ginsburg, as a liberal justice on the court, will be carefully observed by court-observers for each of the possible signs that you might go into retirement. President Trump should select a conservative exchange, it would mark a significant to the right-swing to the already conservative-leaning court. However, Ginsburg reportedly hired the employees for the duration that specifies the time, in the year 2020, it has no plans to retire immediately.

When asked on Tuesday how they managed their work, while they fought cancer, she told NPR, “The work is really what saved me, because I had to know to focus on while reading the letter, a draft for an opinion, and I want it to be done.”

“I had been in the past, what are my aches and pains, just to get the job.”


Ginsburg was nominated for the Supreme court, to replace the former President Bill Clinton in 1993, retired justice Byron R. White. Ginsburg was Clinton’s first Supreme Court. and to be only the second woman confirmed to the high court, following Sandra Day O’connor.

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah, Barry Werner, Adam Shaw, Bill Mears and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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