Could Margaret Thatcher be the face of $10 bill?

Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, who has been suggested as the new face of a $10 bill  
Marie Louise McConville

ON-STAGE clashes between candidates were not the only antics which raised eyebrows during a lively American political TV debate.

Donald Trump faced down fierce attacks from all sides during a fiery second Republican presidential debate, in front of a TV audience of millions.

And a suggestion by candidate Jeb Bush - who is the son of former US President George Bush - that former British prime minister, Margaret Thatcher should be the new face of a $10 bill was met with surprise.

During the debate on Wednesday night, all the runners were asked who they would chose for the new notes after Treasury secretary, Jack Lew announced in June that the $10 bill would be getting a makeover, and a woman would get top billing.

While some candidates chose family members, including Donald Trump who picked his daughter, Ivanka, Jeb Bush's suggestion about the former British prime minister took the audience by surprise.

Speaking about his choice, Mr Bush said: "I would go with Ronald Reagan's partner, Margaret Thatcher."

"A strong leader is what we need in the White House, and she certainly was a strong leader that restored the United Kingdom into greatness."

Mr Bush added that it was "probably illegal" and unlikely to happen as Mrs Thatcher was not an American.

However, he was not the only candidate to pick a foreigner to grace the new note, which will come into circulation in 2020. Ohio Senator John Kasich chose Mother Teresa.


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