'Toxic Atmosphere' Led Huckabee to Pass on Pres. Race

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Many evangelicals wanted former Arkansa Gov. Mike Huckabee to run for president again this year. Polls indicated he would've been a strong contender.

But speaking at this week's GOP convention, the former governor told CBN News one of the reasons he opted out of the presidential race was what he called a "toxic atmosphere" within the party.

"A candidate like me that really doesn't enjoy going out in an angry, tearing up other people on the Republican ticket, it's just not my thing," Huckabee told "The Brody File Show," at the GOP convention in Tampa, Fla.

"I'll mix it up with the liberals any day of the week, and have fun doing it. Even then I'm not going to do it in an angry way," he said.

Another reason Huckabee passed on a second run: money.

"I did not see the level of money coming my way that is not only necessary to compete," he said. "But in this world, in politics, it's not enough to have money to get your message out."

You can see more of David Brody's interview with Huckabee on the "Brody File Show" this Friday at 9:30 a.m. ET on the ABC Family Channel.

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