After about three hours of verbal sparring over immigration, Iran and taxes, the GOP debate moderators on Wednesday finally asked the presidential candidates a really important question: Which woman should take Alexander Hamilton’s place on the revamped $10 bill?
Although it only seemed to be an attempt to end the night on a lighter note, the presidential hopefuls got extremely creative with their answers – and maybe a little punch drunk.
The first one to respond was Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who kicked off the discussion by suggesting Susan B. Anthony – a social reformer and feminist who played a critical role in the women's suffrage movement of the late 1800s.
Rosa Parks was the ultimate choice for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted, though Cruz said he'd rather replace Andrew Jackson on the bill instead of Hamilton.
These appropriate – and notably popular – responses were followed by Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s somewhat sexist remark about putting his wife, Janet Huckabee, on the bill.
“She's raised three kids and five great grandkids,” he began sweetly. “And she's put up with me. I mean, who else could possibly be on that money other than my wife? And then that way she could spend her own money with her face.”
Neurosurgeon Ben Carson had a similar – yet way more sentimental – answer when he suggested for his mother to be the face on the green.
However, the most fascinating suggestion of the night (or probably forever) was made by Jeb Bush.
Former Florida governor suggested former United Kingdom Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to grace the bill, while admitting that it would be “probably illegal, but what the heck.” He was joined by Ohio Gov. John Kasich in naming another foreigner: Mother Teresa.
Donald Trump wants to see his daughter Ivanka on the bill, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker recommended Civil War nurse Clara Barton and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie picked Abigail Adams, wife of the founding father John Adams.
While everyone else apparently tried their best, it was Carly Fiorina who arguably gave the most brilliant answer. Making a call on gender equality, she not only described the placement of a woman on the $10 bill as just a “gesture,” she also said she wouldn't change the currency at all.
“I don't think it helps to change our history,” she added. “What I would think is that we ought to recognize that women are not a special interest group. Women are the majority of this nation. We are half the potential of this nation. And this nation will be better off when every woman has the opportunity to live the life she chooses.”
Needless to say, Twitter had a field day with these amusing responses.
Greatest American Women: Janet Huckabee Margaret Thatcher Ivanka Trump Lady Liberty Mother Teresa Ben Carson's mom Secretariat— Jody Rosen (@jodyrosen) September 17, 2015
Jeb has retracted his previous pick of Margaret Thatcher. Imelda Marcos is his new choice.— Mike Gibbs (@mwgfla) September 17, 2015
Jeb Bush suggests Margaret Thatcher, Cruella DeVille or Ursa from Superman 2 to go on ten dollar bill.— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) September 17, 2015
Jeb says Margaret Thatcher on $10 bill. Hillary chooses herself, Biden picks Michelle Obama, and Bernie wants Lenin on the Saw Buck.— Kevin Concerned (@HensleywkAo) September 17, 2015
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