During an appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) offered details on the origins of the gubernatorial talk engulfing him as of late while softly denying the prospects of a run.
"I've got a great job and am focusing on this election," he said. "I'm not aspiring to a governor's position. It was kind of a story that caught during the Democratic National Convention within our delegation, but I'm happy where I am. I enjoy serving the state in the United States Senate."
Durbin did, however, keep the door for a gubernatorial run slightly ajar, just as he did a couple weeks back.
"I'm not sure where I'll be in 27 months. Are you sure where you'll be in 27 months," he asked host Joe Scarborough. "I'm not going to speculate about something that far in the future. I'm focused on this race, and being re-elected whip in the United States Senate."
Durbin added that he did consult his wife about the idea, as previous reports indicated he might do, and she questioned the wisdom of making such a move.
"She said, 'you've got a good job, are you crazy?' [And] she's exactly right," Durbin said while laughing.