Bunning apologizes for Ginsburg comments

Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) apologized Monday for comments he made Saturday in which he seemed to suggest Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg did not have long to live given her recent cancer diagnosis.

"I apologize if my comments offended Justice Ginsburg," Bunning said in a statement. "That certainly was not my intent."

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On Saturday, Bunning told the Hardin County Republican Party that Ginsburg had "bad cancer. The kind you don't get better from."

"Even though she was operated on, usually, nine months is the longest that anybody would live" after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Bunning told the local party's annual Lincoln Day Dinner.

Ginsburg returned to the bench Monday to hear oral arguments, just three weeks after surgery that a Supreme Court spokeswoman said had been a success. Ginsburg's cancer was caught in an unusually early stage, the court said in a statement following the surgery.

"It is great to see [Ginsburg] back at the Supreme Court today and I hope she recovers quickly. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family," Bunning said.