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THATCHER LOOKS UP TO ABE

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher says her political hero is Abraham Lincoln. "You go back to the person who really had to fight for what he believed in and - I couldn't begin to compare myself with him - it was Abraham Lincoln," she says in Vanity Fair magazine. Thatcher defended her "iron lady" demeanor by saying it's necessary to make her point. "People have got this strange thing that to be strong you have to be a man," she said. "You see me in the House, I'm driven to be confrontational. I have had to learn to be combative . . .. Of course, when you're a woman and you're combative, they say you're an iron lady."