Hillary picks Lincoln over Bill and Barack as favorite president

Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonSanders: Clinton shouldn't pick VP from Wall Street McAfee on chances of Libertarian win: 'We're not that stupid' Libertarian candidate raps at party convention 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.

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“Sorry President Obama, sorry Bill — Abraham Lincoln,” Clinton said, nixing both her husband, Bill ClintonBill ClintonMcAuliffe heads off probe that could hurt Clinton WATCH LIVE: Bill Clinton speaks at NJ rally The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE, and the current leader of the free world, Barack ObamaBarack ObamaObama: 'Stop to reflect' on Memorial Day John Bolton slams Obama’s ‘shameful apology tour’ Miss. governor to join lawsuit against Obama transgender policy 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.

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