Sarah Palin has said on her Facebook page that she hopes to secure a meeting with "one of my political heroines, the 'Iron Lady' ".
One is the defeated Republican Party vice-presidential nominee - the other is Britain's only female Prime Minister, who won three elections and a war.
So what do Sarah Palin and Margaret Thatcher have in common?
Jay Newton-Small is the congressional correspondent at Time magazine.
First broadcast 17 June 2010