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Politics Politicians, celebrities react to death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

04:26  19 september  2020
04:26  19 september  2020 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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Tributes to Ruth Bader Ginsburg swiftly followed news of the passing of the trailblazing Supreme Court justice Friday night.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg standing in a room: In this July 31, 2014, file photo, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is seen in her chambers in at the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court says Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. © Cliff Owen/AP In this July 31, 2014, file photo, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is seen in her chambers in at the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court says Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87.

Politicians, journalists and celebrities offered their condolences to the family of Ginsburg, 87, who died due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer, Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said.

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Among them were her fellow justices.

"Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature," Chief Justice John Roberts said in a statement. "We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her -- a tireless and resolute champion of justice."

Ruth Bader Ginsburg standing in front of a door: In this July 31, 2014, file photo, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is seen in her chambers in at the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court says Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. © Cliff Owen/AP In this July 31, 2014, file photo, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is seen in her chambers in at the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court says Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87.

Several former presidents shared their remembrances in statements. President George W. Bush said he and his wife, Laura Bush, were "fortunate to have known this smart and humorous trailblazer."

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  Biden Says U.S. Should Vote Before Ginsburg Is Replaced But Trump Set to Name Candidate The Democratic presidential contender said Ginsburg's replacement should take place after the November election.Speaking at the airport in New Castle, Delaware after he flew back from a campaign trip to Minnesota, the former vice president paid tribute to the Supreme Court justice who died aged 87.

"She dedicated many of her 87 remarkable years to the pursuit of justice and equality, and she inspired more than one generation of women and girls," he said. "Justice Ginsburg loved our country and the law."

President Jimmy Carter, who appointed Ginsburg to the U.S. Court of Appeals in 1980, called her a "truly great woman."

"A powerful legal mind and a staunch advocate for gender equality, she has been a beacon of justice during her long and remarkable career," he said.

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Here are more tributes to Ginsburg:

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

"Justice Ginsburg paved the way for so many women, including me. There will never be another like her. Thank you RBG."

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Sen. Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham

"It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Justice Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg was a trailblazer who possessed tremendous passion for her causes. She served with honor and distinction as a member of the Supreme Court."

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

"NY's heart breaks with the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. During her extraordinary career, this Brooklyn native broke barriers & the letters RBG took on new meaning—as battle cry & inspiration. Her legal mind & dedication to justice leave an indelible mark on America."

Dan Rather

"A shock. A sadness. A great loss. The passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg leaves a hole in a nation already reeling. She is an American hero, in every sense. We can honor her by joining to carry forth her legacy of equality, empathy, and justice. May she Rest in Peace."

Megan Rapinoe

"This is devastating, an incalculable loss. We owe so much to RBG. Rest in Power Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #RIPRBG"

Janet Mock

"Rest in power to a feminist icon and American hero! Thank you Ruth Bader Ginsburg for your service, for working well BEYOND retirement until the very end because our country needed you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you."

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Slightly more than half of voters (51 percent) said they do not believe Trump should appoint a new Supreme Court justice before the presidential inauguration in January 2021.Ginsburg died Friday from pancreatic cancer. She was 87.

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