By Jack Linshi
July 7, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton criticized the Treasury Department on Tuesday for its decision not to remove Alexander Hamilton from the $10 bill when a woman is added to the redesigned bill in 2020.

“I don’t like the idea that as a compromise you would basically have two people on the same bill. One would be a woman. That sounds pretty second class to me,” Clinton said in an interview with CNN. “So I think a woman should have her own bill.”

The former Secretary of State also echoed some advocates who argue that a woman should instead be honored on the $20 bill while Andrew Jackson is removed — sparing Hamilton, whom many consider a far superior politician to Jackson, from an unceremonious “demotion.”

The Treasury Department had announced its intention to include a woman on the $10 bill in June, following a high-profile campaign calling for a female likeness to appear finally on a dollar bill. No decision has been made yet to fully remove Hamilton from the $10 bill, according to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, who said officials are “exploring a variety of possibilities.”

The selection of the historic female figure will be announced by Lew later this year.

[CNN]

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