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Jeb Bush wants Margaret Thatcher on the $10 bill

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush made an unexpected endorsement at Wednesday night's televised debate, saying former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher should grace the next batch of $10 bills.

Each of the 11 candidates got the chance to make a suggestion for the next bill redesign, marking one of the softer questions of the party's second live debate.


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"I would go with Ronald Reagan's partner: Margaret Thatcher," Bush said.

"A strong leader is what we need in the White House, and she certainly was a strong leader that restored the United Kingdom to greatness," he explained, but added that choosing a foreigner probably wouldn't fly with U.S law.

It was one of the more offbeat choices alongside John Kasich's endorsement of Mother Teresa, and Mike Huckabee's suggestion that his own wife of 41 years should be the next face of the $10 note.


Republican presidential candidates U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz , Ben Carson, Donald Trump and Jeb Bush participate in the presidential debates at the Reagan Library on September 16, 2015 in Simi Valley, California.
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Republican presidential candidates U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz , Ben Carson, Donald Trump and Jeb Bush participate in the presidential debates at the Reagan Library on September 16, 2015 in Simi Valley, California.

Chris Christie endorsed former first lady Abigail Adams. Marco Rubio suggested civil rights activist Rosa Parks, as did Donald Trump after suggesting his own daughter Ivanka Trump should grace the bill.

To much applause, the Republican's only female presidential candidate, Carly Fiorina, suggested keeping the status quo.

"I wouldn't change the $10 bill or the $20 bill. I think honestly, it's a gesture. I don't think it helps to change our history...we ought to recognize that women are not a special interest group when women are the majority of this nation," Fiorina said.


Earlier this summer, the U.S. Treasury Department announced it would be redesigning the $10 note to feature a woman for the first time in nearly a century — Pocahontas and Martha Washington were both on bills during the 1800s.

The woman should be "a champion of our inclusive democracy," the Treasury's dedicated website explains. Their selection will be announced later this year and will enter circulation in 2020.