North America 14 October 2012 Mitt Romney sends birthday wishes to Margaret Thatcher The US presidential candidate wishes the former PM a happy 87th birthday. Print HTML He's never one to shy away from controversy, is he? Mitt Romney has tweeted his birthday wishes to Margaret Thatcher on the occasion of her 87th birthday, calling her a "tower of strength in the cause of liberty". The US is blessed with courageous friends. Happy Birthday to the Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher - a tower of strength in the cause of liberty. — Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) October 13, 2012 It's an act that's likely to polarise his support here in the UK - but then that seems to be the way he campaigns in the US, too. › Social media prosecutions threaten free speech in the UK - and beyond Margaret Thatcher in 2010. Photograph: Getty Images Caroline Crampton is web editor of the New Statesman. Subscribe More Related articles Margaret Atwood on how an inspired polymath resurrected Native America’s epics The last British Guantanamo detainee Shaker Aamer will be released When should you start caring about the US presidential election?