Ginsburg: I'm Not Going Anywhere

Justice says cancer won't stop her from serving several more years
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2009 10:21 AM CST
President Barack Obama greets Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, prior to his address.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – Contrary to Beltway speculation, Ruth Bader Ginsburg doesn't plan to leave the Supreme Court any time soon. The 75-year-old justice has survived cancer before (colorectal, a decade ago), and doesn't see a reason why the recent diagnosis of pancreatic cancer should cut short her judicial career, she tells USA Today. She plans to be on the court for years to come.

Ginsburg attended President Obama's big speech Feb. 24, soon after her return from surgery, to show the country "I was alive and well, contrary to that senator (Jim Bunning) who said I'd be dead within nine months." Cards have been pouring in, including one that said, "I don't agree with any of your opinions, but I hope you get well soon."