February 23rd, 2009
04:24 PM ET
13 years ago

Bunning apologizes for Ginsburg comments

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/02/23/ginsburg.scotus/art.ginsberg.gi.jpg caption=" Sen. Jim Bunning issued a statement Monday about his recent comments on Justice Ginsburg's health."]
(CNN) – Sen. Jim Bunning apologized Monday for recent comments that suggested Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would be dead within a year.

In remarks at a Hardin County Republican Party dinner, the Courier-Journal newspaper reported the Kentucky senator said that pancreatic cancer is "bad cancer. The kind you don't get better from," and that the longest most patients live is nine months after diagnosis, even with surgery.

Bunning - who said he plans to seek re-election next year for a third term - also said he supports conservative judges, and that's going to be an issue very shortly because "Ruth Bader Ginsburg ... has cancer."

“I apologize if my comments offended Justice Ginsberg (sic),” Bunning in a short statement released Monday. “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.”

The Supreme Court announced earlier this month that Ginsburg, the only woman sitting on the high Court, had undergone surgery for pancreatic cancer. She returned to the Court Monday without fanfare and joined her male colleagues in hearing oral arguments.

The health of some members of the nine-member court has been a political topic in recent years. Ginsburg's recent cancer diagnosis has renewed speculation President Obama might soon have an opportunity to name perhaps several justices.

Update 4:24 p.m.: Neither Ginsburg's chambers nor the court had a reaction to Bunning's apology Monday afternoon.

Related: Ginsburg rejoins Court after surgery

–CNN Supreme Court Producer Bill Mears contributed to this report.

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soundoff (231 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Hampton Roads, VA

    She's too old to be a Supreme Court Justice. She almost looks senile in the picture.

    February 23, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. Kwesoe

    What Bunning expressed was his 'Gut Feeling' about Justice Ginsburg's health. Republicans like him have a tendency to put their feet in their mouths only to turn around and apologize. Sadly, your true nature is already out and we will mark you to the ballot box come 2010.

    February 23, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. he needs to step down

    why not, that is just total lack of knowing what is correct and a politician should know

    If we can't say nappy headed hoes or put monkey's in pictures on newspapers, than he can't predict justice's death

    February 23, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. Jonita

    What a disgrace and he is supposely a man of god....Disgraceful,disgraceful,disgraceful....

    February 23, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. charlie

    Just when you think they can't sink any lower there they go. I hope the rank and file Republicans rise up against their awful leaders and throw the bums out. if not they will be the minority for quite some time.

    February 23, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. Susan

    Big mouth hick!

    February 23, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. Dave in Arizona

    He didn't apologize for saying them...he only apologized that she might think them offensive. What would Jesus do Jim???

    February 23, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |




    February 23, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. shucks

    The man thows around the fact that he is "christian" all the time. What a "christian" remark.

    February 23, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. Michigan Millionaire

    Senator Bunning is factually correct regarding pancreatic cancer. He has no reason to apologize for speaking truthfully.

    February 23, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. EDDIE

    Gives you a pretty good insight on how a repub think's.That's simply a sick remark.They do not have any reguard for human life as long as they can gain from a situation or think they can gain.Sounds like the hate continues to spill from the repub's.

    February 23, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. Irma in North Carolina

    Just another example for you how the republicans are acting. Maybe this guy should remember this 'what goes around comes around'

    February 23, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. Al Phillips

    Typical White Person

    There you go gain showing your true colors and ignorance. Justice Ginsberg is not a he so please before you open your mouth and prove to us once again how incredibly dense you truly are, think before you write.

    February 23, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. Matthew in Oregon

    These people just can't be anything but pure evil to save their lives. No wonder their party collapsed.

    February 23, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. Kathy

    Bunning giving a prognosis without an MD degree is just like Frist diagnosing someone by watching a video that was done 8 years prior. Please let me diagnose the GOP...DOA!!!!

    February 23, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  16. Simmy

    Sen. Bunning, I'm glad that you apologized, but please get a hold of yourself. Your party is already on a downward slope; comments like yours only speed up the process. Who knows; she may out-live you.

    February 23, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. Hannah Stevens

    Just keep it up repugs. We need your ineptness to help us win in 2010 and 2012. At this rate the Dems should have an easy time of it. Never seen so many stupid people as the repugs have become. Never, never vote republican; they want to see America fail.

    February 23, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. Anthony R. Seta

    But... Bunning's comments were insensitive and he's being disingenous. He was attempting to score political points and secure his base. Nothing works better for the GOP base than talking about liberal activist judges. Bunning knows this. He knew what he was saying. Can't cover up his intentions or motives. No Orwelian-inspired thought police force is required to figure out what's on this guys' mind. He made that crystal clear – i.e. Obama will be appointing a new SCOTUS justice soon, and time to prepare to fight for conservative values, etc... We all know the rest.

    February 23, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. cnnnewser

    These republicans don't care what they say or who they hurt.

    They've turned into a bunch of low lifes.

    February 23, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. Cocodrie

    Merciful heavens. How anyone could blame Senator Bunning's thoughtless comment on President Obama is a mystery to me.

    And I'll be you a hundred bucks that "Typical White Person" could not off-the-cuff name three important U.S. Supreme Court decisions except for Roe v Wade.

    February 23, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. Mike Dallas

    An insensitive, callous, arrogant, ignorant, condescending repub bully opens his stupid mouth and hopes a woman will die in 9 months.

    Just what we have come to expect from the "compassionate" repukes..

    February 23, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  22. Jack in Florida

    Now the Republicans are playing God with their predictions of individuals lifespan.......Amazing you people speak before they think.
    Good going Jim!!!

    February 23, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. Bill

    Senator Bunning still thanks the GOP is still running things on Capital Hill, Executive branch too, Does he remember the 2006 and 2008 election. Keep talking and in 2010 the GOP will be even a smaller party. Please who cares what the GOP thinks anyway. I hope Senator Bunning looses his Senate race.

    February 23, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. Lush Limprick is the real RNC chairman

    I am sure she would just as soon you NOT pray for her death, Mr. Bunning.

    February 23, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. marilynmdaniels@aol.com

    Is there anyone out there wondering what hapened to the KKK? They are all in the rep. congress. David Duke may not have made it there, but he opened the door for the ones there now. We cannot make light of these people. They beleve America belong to them and people of their ilk.

    What did Madoff do we the billions he stole, he sent it all to his country.

    February 23, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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