WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Don’t expect to see Ruth Bader Ginsburg step down from the bench anytime soon.
Speaking to Yahoo! News, the 81-year-old Supreme Court justice stated that she will be sticking around for the foreseeable future.
“All I can say is that I’m still here and likely to remain for a while. One of my models is Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis who was appointed to the court at the same age I was, we were both 60. … I expect to stay at least that long.”
Brandeis retired at the age of 82 in February 1939.
Ginsburg said that there’s not as much talk of her stepping down as there once was.
“Because I didn’t step down this last year, there’s not much talk about it anymore. People know I’m here to stay and my answer is I will do this job as long as I can do it full steam,” she told Yahoo! News. “When I feel myself slipping, when I can no longer think as sharply or write as quickly, that will be the time for me to leave the court.”
Ginsburg added: “At my age we take it year-by-year and I don’t make any predictions about what the future will bring.”
Some liberals have called on Ginsburg to retire so President Barack Obama could replace her before his term ends. They fear that if she stays, a possible Republican president in 2016 will add another conservative justice to the court to replace her.
Ginsburg was appointed by former President Bill Clinton to serve on the Supreme Court in 1993.