UK media loves idea of Margaret Thatcher on $10 bill, Americans not so much

Jeb Bush

One Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, suggested that Margaret Thatcher should grace the new $10 bill.

(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

Jeb Bush has some thoughts on which woman should grace the $10 bill in 2020 — and she's not American.

During Wednesday night's Republican presidential primary debate, candidates were asked which woman they wanted to see on the $10 bill.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) suggested Susan B. Anthony.

Both Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) named Rosa Parks, though Cruz said Parks should replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 instead of taking Alexander Hamilton off the $10.

Mike Huckabee put in a vote for his wife. Donald Trump suggested his daughter, if not Parks.

But it was Bush's answer that got the most reaction on Twitter — Margaret Thatcher, the former British prime minister.

"Probably illegal, but what the heck," Bush said. "Since it's not going to happen. 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."

British media loved the idea, for the most part.


Though not everyone in Britain was pleased.

Neither were Americans.

Political rivals, like the deputy campaign manager for Democratic presidential hopeful and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, also got in their jabs.

And it wasn't just Bush that got criticized on Twitter

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