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'She was one of the greatest Americans ever': Maine politicians react to Ruth Bader Ginsburg's passing

Susan Collins, Sara Gideon and Angus King are among the Maine politicians sharing statements on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death

Erin Keller (NEWS CENTER Maine), Gabrielle Mannino (NEWS CENTER Maine)


Published: 9:34 PM EDT September 18, 2020
Updated: 12:06 PM EDT September 19, 2020

People around the nation are reacting to the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died at the age of 87 of metastatic pancreatic cancer Friday.

Ginsburg overcame adversity because of her gender during her time as a Supreme Court justice and throughout her long law career. She fought for women’s rights and eventually became the leader of the Supreme Court’s liberal wing.

In the days before her death, Ginsburg, who is often referred to by her initials RBG, dictated a statement to her granddaughter, saying, "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed." 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate will vote on President Donald Trump's pick to replace RBG on the Supreme Court, even though it's an election year. Trump tweeted Saturday morning that he and the Republican Party, who hold a Senate Majority, have an obligation to select a new justice "without delay!" 

Many politicians are paying tribute to the late justice, including in Maine. Gov. Janet Mills has ordered U.S. and Maine state flags to be lowered on Saturday in honor of her.

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