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Justice Ginsburg: It's 'Misguided' to Suggest I Retire

Justice Ginsburg: It's 'Misguided' to Suggest I Retire
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 24 September 2014 08:42 AM EDT

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has said that those calling for her to take retirement are "misguided" and she insisted she had no plans to step down.

In an interview with Elle Magazine, the 81-year-old, who is the oldest member of the Court, said she is "likely to remain for a while," bucking calls by some that she step aside while President Barack Obama is still in office to ensure a Democratic president can appoint a liberal successor.

"[A]nybody who thinks that if I step down, Obama could appoint someone like me, they're misguided," Ginsburg said. "As long as I can do the job full steam . . . I think I'll recognize when the time comes that I can't any longer. But now I can."

Ginsburg noted that even if she did resign, the divisiveness of the Senate could prevent a new nominee from being confirmed under Obama as Republicans would likely filibuster his appointee.

Senate Democrats changed the rules to prevent filibusters after Republicans continually blocked appointments by Obama but the procedural changes for the judicial system only affect lower court appointees.

"Who do you think President Obama could appoint at this very day, given the boundaries that we have?" Ginsburg said. "If I resign any time this year, he could not successfully appoint anyone I would like to see in the court."

Ginsburg added, "[The Senate Democrats] took off the filibuster for lower federal court appointments, but it remains for this court."

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