"All of the factors are telling me go, but my heart says no," was the statement that Mike Huckabee made as he announced he would not run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
The announcement that helped shape the 2012 race.
"A lot of it for me was really that deep spiritual feeling. I don't expect people to understand it if they're not believers," said Huckabee.
Faith is very important to the former Baptist preacher and he relied heavily on it when making his decision.
"When I'd talk to people it was great, but I'd get alone and then I started thinking hmmm... I'm not sure... am I listening to people who are trying to talk me into this am I trying to talk myself into it," said Huckabee.
Huckabee says a toxic political environment exists right now and he doesn't want to be a part of it.
"Right now it appears so much is let's talk about the other party and what's wrong with the other candidate, and that's not how I'm wired," said Huckabee.
Instead, Huckabee wants to use his influence to help solve problems.
"I'd like to be talking about those people who are down there in the Delta, literally their homes gone. What are we going to do; and what about those high gas prices for those parents who can barely put food on the table and every time they squeeze the handle on the pump something's got to give because they can't afford to pay $4 a gallon?" said Huckabee.
While he'll continue to discuss the issues on his Fox News show, through his radio commentary, and his writing, the decision not to run for the presidential nomination comes with relief and disappointment.
"There are so many people that worked so hard to get me to the place where I could run. It broke their hearts and it broke mine to break theirs," said Huckabee.