The Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, said on Tuesday that she "is very alive" and stifled concerns that recent health problems could cause her to leave the bank with pancreatic cancer [in 2009] It was a great pleasure to say that I would be dead within six months, "she told National Public Radio," The Senator whose name I have forgotten is now dead himself and I am very much alive. "
Ginsburg was referring Jim Bunning, a Hall of Famer baseball pitcher who served two terms as Kentucky Republican US Senator between 1999 and 2011. In February 2009, Bunning said in a speech that Ginsburg "had bad cancer. The kind of one does not get better … Although she was usually operated on, nine months is the longest of all would live with pancreatic cancer. "
Bunning later apologized for his comments in a statement in which Ginsburg's name was misspelled. About five months later, Bunning ended his offer for a third term and accused his GOP colleagues of "doing everything in their power to dry up my fundraising." Rand Paul won the 2010 seat.
Bunning died in May 2017 at the age of 85 months after a stroke.
86-year-old Ginsburg took a legal break after an operation to remove cancerous nodules from her lungs. In February, she returned to the court this year. In 1999 she also had colon cancer and in 2014 a stent implanted in her heart to open a blocked artery.
Speaking a little over a year after Bunnings statement, Ginsburg said, "I'm glad to report. Contrary to Sen. Bunning's prognosis, I'm alive and in good health. "
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Ginsburg, as the most liberal court justice, is closely monitored by court observers for possible signs of resignation. Should President Trump opt for a conservative replacement, this would be a significant shift to the right of the already conservative court. However, Ginsburg is said to have hired agents by 2020, indicating that she does not intend to retire immediately.
When she was asked on Tuesday how she had mastered her work in the fight against cancer, she told NPR: "The job is really what saved me, because I had to concentrate on reading the pleadings to draft a statement, and knew this had to be done. "
" So I had to get over all my pain just to get the job done. "
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Ginsburg was named Supreme Court in 1993 by former President Bill Clinton to replace retired Judge Byron R. White. Ginsburg was Clinton's first election to the Supreme Court. and only the second wife to be confirmed to Sandra Day O'connor in the Supreme Court.
Nicole Darrah of Fox News, Barry Werner, Adam Shaw, Bill Mears and The Associated Press have contributed to this report.