Margaret Thatcher, British prime minister from 1979 to 1990, died Monday of lingering illness. She was 87. Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, and Condoleezza Rica, three leading American conservative politicians, expressed their tributes to the “Iron Lady” via Facebook.
Mitt Romney, 2012 United States presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor
History will enshrine Margaret Thatcher as a transformational leader who helped defeat communism, promote freedom, and bring hope to the oppressed. Her penetrating words and compelling vision will last for generations.
Sarah Palin, 2008 United States vice presidential candidate and former Alaska governor
We’re deeply saddened at the loss of Margaret Thatcher. While the Iron Lady is sadly gone, her iron will, her unfailing trust in what is right and just, and her lessons to all of us will live on forever. She was a trailblazer like no other. We lost an icon, but her legacy, as solid as iron, will live on in perpetuity.
Condoleezza Rice, United States secretary of state, 2005 to 2009
I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Baroness Thatcher. There was no more potent force in the defense of freedom than this remarkable woman. Her unshakable belief in the universal appeal of liberty helped to steer the free world through treacherous times until communism was defeated and Europe emerged whole, free and a peace. I was honored to know her and to be inspired by her. Baroness Thatcher will be missed but generations will draw strength from the memory of her passion for freedom.