Ben Carson thinks Harriet Tubman belongs on $2 bill

It was announced on Wednesday that Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson as the face of the $20 bill. Ben Carson doesn’t agree with this move, here’s why.

By Bronte Price, PoliticKING

Former GOP presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson does not agree with the plan to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. On Wednesday he suggested that she should instead appear on the $2 bill.

"I love Harriet Tubman," Carson told Fox Business Network's Neil Cavuto. "I love what she did, but we can find another way to honor her. Maybe a $2 bill."

Harriet Tubman, was an African-American suffragist and abolitionist who was an integral person in the Underground Railroad, which brought slaves to safety in the north. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced on Wednesday that she will begin appearing on a new version of the $20 bill and former President Andrew Jackson will be moved to the back.

Ben Carson said that he didn’t have anything against Harriet Tubman, but he said that Jackson deserved to stay where he is. "Andrew Jackson ... was a tremendous president," Carson told Cavuto. "I mean, Andrew Jackson was the last president who actually balanced the federal budget, where we had no national debt."

Both Democratic candidates supported the change. Bernie Sanders tweeted, "I cannot think of an American hero more deserving of this honor than Harriet Tubman.” Hillary Clinton also voiced her support. "A woman, a leader, and a freedom fighter. I can't think of a better choice for the $20 bill than Harriet Tubman," she tweeted.

Ben Carson added that he thought it was unnecessary to kick people out of the way in order to honor others. "We have plenty of opportunities to honor those who have done great things," he said.

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