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Jeb Bush backtracks on suggestion to put Margaret Thatcher on $10 bill

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British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (centre, left) stands with US President Ronald Reagan (1911 - 2004, centre), as they listen to the American national anthem at Kensington Palace Gardens after Reagan's arrival from Ireland for the start of the 10th G7 Seven-Nation Economic Summit, London, 4th June 1984. Photograph by Getty Images

When CNN GOP debate moderators asked the presidential candidates who they would like to see on the $10 bill, Jeb Bush answered: “I would go with Ronald Reagan’s partner, Margaret Thatcher. Probably illegal, but what the heck?”

Thatcher served as the British prime minister from 1979 to 1990, during which time Reagan served as president. Former First Lady Nancy Reagan said in a statement following Thatcher’s death that the two were “political soulmates.”

Thatcher was an extremely controversial leader. As The Washington Post notes, after her passing in 2013, some mourned while others celebrated. CNN’s question was meant to be lighthearted, and though British media loved it, a lot of people (both British and American) took to Twitter to share some of their strong opinions.

Jeb Bush retracted his suggestion on Thursday during an interview with NBC News. He said that the question wasn’t “the most relevant thing in the world” and he would instead leave it up to the American public to decide.