Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonKoch-backed group launches six-figure ad buy against Heitkamp Trump keeps up 'low IQ' attack on Maxine Waters GOP leaders to Trump: Leave Mueller alone MORE said Monday night that her favorite president ever is Abraham Lincoln, with apologies to the two living presidents she’s closest to.

Speaking at a Democratic forum in Iowa, the 2016 candidate was asked who her favorite commander in chief is, with the stipulation that she could only choose one.

“Sorry President Obama, sorry Bill — Abraham Lincoln,” Clinton said, nixing both her husband, Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonKentucky candidate takes heat for tweeting he'd like to use congressman for target practice Will Sessions let other 'McCabes' off the hook or restore faith in justice? Progressive group launches anti-Trump 'We the Constitution' campaign MORE, and the current leader of the free world, Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaWater has experienced a decade of bipartisan success Kentucky candidate takes heat for tweeting he'd like to use congressman for target practice What’s genius for Obama is scandal when it comes to Trump MORE, under whom she served as secretary of State.

“Here was a man who was a real politician — a great statesman — but he understood politics and had to work to hold the country together during the war,” the former first lady said of the 16th U.S. president. “And while he was prosecuting that war to keep America together, he was building America which I find to be an astonishing part of his legacy.”

Clinton said the current political atmosphere might not be as polarized had Lincoln not been assassinated.

“I don’t know what our country would be like if he hadn’t been murdered, but I bet it would be a little less rancorous and a little more forgiving and tolerant,” she said.