04/27/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Is Chris Matthews Running For Office?

On HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher Friday night, MSNBC's Chris Matthews was asked about "scuttlebutt" that brash cable news host would run for office from Pennsylvania in 2010. Matthews told Maher that he had "made a commitment to covering politics" starting in 1987 and that he would be "honoring that commitment." When Maher pressed Matthews on his answer, he replied "that's the answer I'm giving you anyway."

Before entering journalism, Matthews served as an aide to several Democratic lawmakers, including former House Speaker Tip O'Neill. Matthews also ran unsuccessfully for Congress from the Keystone State in 1974.

Watch the exchange with Maher: