Remembering Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

By Fernando Alfonso III and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 4:54 PM ET, Sun September 20, 2020
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9:16 a.m. ET, September 20, 2020

Bill Clinton says Ginsburg was a "force for equality for men as well as women"


Former President Bill Clinton remembered the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who he nominated to the Supreme Court in 1993.

"She was a force for equality for men as well as women, for example. She was consistent and she did it in a way that was level-headed and on the level and respectful of different opinions and the other judges on the court," he told CNN this morning. "She was highly respected because she bent over backwards to work with the other judges when she could. And she stood up and was counted when she couldn't. And of course along the way she became kind of a cultural icon, which surprised even me I think."

Ginsburg died Friday evening at the age of 87.


8:55 a.m. ET, September 20, 2020

SOON: Bill Clinton interviewed on CNN about Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Former president Bill Clinton will be on CNN's "State of the Union" this morning to discuss Ruth Bader Ginsburg's life and legacy.

Clinton nominated her for the Supreme Court in 1993.

8:39 a.m. ET, September 20, 2020

Trump vows to appoint a woman to Supreme Court

Analysis by CNN's Maeve Reston

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Chris Carlson/AP

President Trump moved to make the new Supreme Court vacancy a central issue in his reelection campaign, announcing Saturday he would name a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg next week "and it will be a woman."

Trump, who had been facing a potentially historic deficit with women voters in part because of their disapproval of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, addressed Ginsburg's death moments after he stepped on stage at his campaign rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Saturday night, calling her "a legal giant" whose "landmark rulings, fierce devotion to justice, and her courageous battle against cancer inspire all Americans."

As the crowd began chanting "Fill That Seat!" Trump said he had not made a final choice but was inclined to choose a woman — and then, with a theatrical flourish and no hint of irony, took a snap poll of the crowd to gauge whether they preferred a man or a woman to fill the seat of a justice who was an equal rights icon.

"It will be a woman, a very talented, very brilliant woman," Trump said, after the crowd overwhelmingly cheered for a female nominee. "I haven't chosen yet, but we have numerous women on the list."

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8:40 a.m. ET, September 20, 2020

Senate Democrats warn GOP of plans to retaliate if McConnell advances Trump court pick

From CNN's Manu Raju

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Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Senate Democrats, lacking votes to stop President Donald Trump's pick to fill the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat, are weighing an array of tactics to battle back -- ranging from bringing the chamber to a screeching halt this year to pushing legislation to expand the court if they win the majority in the fall.

Democrats began discussing their options on Saturday, with senators all vowing a furious fight to keep the seat vacant until next year when a new Senate convenes and when Joe Biden may occupy the White House.

And while no specific course of action was detailed, Democrats said they were united on this: They planned to engage in an all-out battle to stop the nomination in its tracks by pressuring four Republicans to break ranks.

"Mitch McConnell believes that this fight is over. What Mitch McConnell does not understand is this fight has just begun," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, speaking at a Ginsburg vigil on Saturday.

First, Democrats want to stop the nomination, and they are considering taking unusual steps to bottle up all business in the Senate to drag out the proceedings as long as possible, senators said. Under the rules, which require the chamber to operate by unanimous consent, Democrats can object to routine business of the day and essentially ground the chamber to a halt.

McConnell could eventually get around such stall tactics if he has the support of 51 senators, but they could drag out the proceedings.

And if the Democrats ultimately fail to stop the nominee, they are indicating that they may push legislation to expand the Supreme Court by adding additional seats to retaliate against what they view as Republicans' heavy-handed tactics.

It's an option that has picked up increased interest in the wake of Ginsburg's death -- and one that Democratic leaders are not ruling out.

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