Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton backs Georgia governor hopeful on eve of primary Pressure rising on GOP after Trump–DOJ fight’s latest turn Press: Why Trump should thank FBI 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 ClintonMaybe a Democratic mayor should be president Trump, taxpayers want Title X funding protected from abortion clinics President Trump’s historic rescissions package is a welcome step to cut wasteful spending MORE, and the current leader of the free world, Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe true commander in tweet Meghan Markle's pre-royal 'finishing lessons' and an etiquette of equality Hannity on Acosta claim he was tough on Obama: 'Only thing missing were the pom-poms' 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.