Mike Huckabee visits Hannibal-LaGrange University

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee served as keynote speaker at Hannibal-LaGrange University's 70th annual booster banquet Tuesday night.

Almost a thousand people turned out for the fund-raiser.

Huckabee now hosts the number one rated weekend show, "Huckabee" on the Fox News Channel and the "Huckabee Report," syndicated by Citadel Media Network

Given the current lay of the land in the GOP race for president, KHQA's Rajah Maples asked him if he would run for the nomination if he could go back in time.

Huckabee answered, "No. I think the decision I made was the right one for now, and I won't rule something out for the future. This year, I think the environment is so toxic, and unfortunately so much of the focus is not on solving problems but destroying the other people who are running."

Huckabee said one of the republicans' biggest challenges is putting forth a concrete agenda that targets the nation's problems rather than simply being opposed to the democrats' policies.

He said political campaigns can be non-forgiving, which he says is sometimes unfortunate.

Huckabee said, "The one thing I Hope doesn't happen is that we are so harsh with every blog and every commentary that people are afraid to be who they are, and so we end up with very plastic candidates who are tightly scripted to the last degree. Then, voters never get a chance to really know who that candidate is."