Much media attention has been paid in recent days to the decision by the U.S. Treasury Department to replace Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the nation’s $20 bills.
Without diminishing Tubman’s humanitarian contributions, former presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson did not agree that removing Jackson from our currency is the best way to honor her.
“Andrew Jackson was the last president who actually balanced the federal budget,” Carson said in a recent interview, “where we had no national debt.”
He went on to clarify that his criticism has nothing to do with his admiration for Tubman.
“I love what she did,” the retired neurosurgeon said. “We can find another way to honor her. Maybe a $2 bill?”