CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan spoke to a packed house of students at the University of Virginia on Friday

He answered questions taken from students, asked by Director of the UVA Center for Politics Larry Sabato.

After his interview in the Dome Room of the UVA Rotunda, Ryan met with a group of interns with the Center for Politics and took their questions. 

Ryan expressed his concern for the polarization of Republicans and Democrats and said getting to know people on the other side of the aisle is key. 

"It really helps you understand where people are coming from if you build personal relationships and friendships, and you give people the benefit of the doubt, it makes it easier to work with people," he said. "I do think that personal relationships is a big difference-maker, it's a huge difference-maker."

Ryan said in his interview with Sabato that he did not agree with his former Presidential running mate Utah Senator Mitt Romney's decision to vote to impeach President Donald Trump. 

"I think most Republicans saw it as I see it, and it didn't rise to that level of an impeachable offense," he said.

Ryan said he is unsure if he will get back into politics, and for now, is spending time with his family.

"Never say never," he said.

Friday's forum was part of an ongoing series "Democracy in Perilous Times: Unprecedented Challenges and Controversies," organized by the Center for Politics and the Batten School at UVA.