Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy deflects questions about 2020 presidential run

Sen. Chris Murphy deflected questions about running for president in 2020.

He added, “I know everybody thinks that every member of the Democratic Caucus in the Senate is starting to noodle their 2020 plans right now.”

“I am thinking about one thing and one thing only right now, and that is my re-election in 2018,” Murphy quipped.

On CBS News’ “The Takeout” podcast, Murphy, 44, ruled out a White House bid in 2020.

“I am not running for president. I am running for re-election to the Senate,” Murphy said, later adding, “Here you go, I will rule it out for you. I’m running for re-election.”

The junior senator, who has called for stricter gun control following the 2012 Newtown shooting in Connecticut, said he is interested in joining newer, younger leaders in having a “say” about the future of the country and political parties.

“I’m certainly interested in taking part in that exercise, but my focus is fundamentally on the people of Connecticut and asking them for a second term.”