At a campaign event in Iowa, a former president made controversial remarks about the Civil War. During a campaign rally, the former president suggested that a deal could have been negotiated to prevent the war between slave-holding states and non-slave holding states. He criticized the conduct of the war and stated that Abraham Lincoln might not be as well-known if he had negotiated a resolution. These comments have drawn criticism, with some questioning what exactly could have been negotiated when the options at the time were slavery or war. This is not the first time a prominent figure has faced backlash for downplaying or omitting slavery as a cause of the Civil War.