Last updated: 17 june, 2010 - 13:32 GMT

What do Sarah Palin and Margaret Thatcher have in common?

Sarah Palin in 2010 (Getty) and Margaret Thatcher in 1987 (Getty)

Does Sarah Palin model herself on Margaret Thatcher?

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.

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First broadcast 17 June 2010

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