Jeb Bush Backs Off Idea Of Putting Margaret Thatcher On The $10 Bill

September 17, 2015 1:18 p.m.

Jeb Bush doesn’t think putting the Iron Lady on the $10 bill is such a good idea after all.

During Wednesday night’s Republican primary debate, the 11 top-polling candidates were asked a lighthearted question about what woman they would like to see on the $10 bill. Civil rights icon Rosa Parks and candidates’ mothers were popular answers.

But Bush hopped across the pond for his response: late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. He added that it’s “”probably illegal”—because Thatcher wasn’t an American—”but what the heck.”

The former Florida governor backed off that answer in a Thursday interview with NBC News. Bush said he didn’t think the question was particularly relevant to the primary debate before adding that he’d rather toss the decision to the American people.

“I would give it up to — on the internet and let people decide this. That would generate a lot of interest,” he told NBC News. “It could create all sorts of opportunities for math teachers to teach math, for social studies teachers to do the same. You could have an avalanche of interest in picking the woman that should be on the $10 bill.”

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