Bunning Apologizes For Ginsburg Remarks

by Rick Howlett on February 23, 2009

U.S. Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky has apologized for saying that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg could die soon from pancreatic cancer.

The Republican lawmaker’s remarks came during a Saturday speech in Elizabethtown when the subject turned to the appointment of conservative judges.

He said Ginsburg has the type of cancer that people often die from within nine months.

Ginsburg underwent surgery earlier this month to remove a small tumor from her pancreas and was back at work today.

“I apologize if my comments offended Justice Ginsberg,” Bunning said in a statement. “That certainly was not my intent. It is great to see her back at the Supreme Court today and I hope she recovers quickly. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.”

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Tammy Andries February 23, 2009 at 3:36 pm

He was absolutely correct that pancreatic cancer is a bad cancer and after diagnosis, you ususally have between 4-6 months. Research dollars are needed to combat this deadly disease. It’s the 4th deadliest cancer and receives the least funding.

Michael Carter February 23, 2009 at 5:38 pm

While pancreatic cancer indeed has a high mortality rate and most patients do not live long after diagnosis, there are such things as pancreatic cancer survivors.

I know, for I am one. I have been cancer-free for almost five years and am looking forward to a long life!

More funding, please! Let’s kill this Pearl Harbor disease!

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