12/30/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011 Chris Matthews Interrupts Black Friday To Announce That He Won't Be Interrupting The Senate In 2010

MSNBC's Hardball host Chris Matthews issued a five word statement denying that he's running for Senate: "It is absolutely not true."

On Friday, reports surfaced claiming that Matthews was "staffing up." Matthews, who once worked for former House Speaker Tip O'Neill, is rumored to be eying Arlen Specter's Senate seat. If he does run, Matthews would be taking on the 80 year-old Republican as a Democrat.