POSTED: Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 7:06pm
UPDATED: Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 7:07pm
(CNN) -- Cory Booker is often labeled a rising star in the Democratic Party and mentioned as a potential candidate for president one day.
But don't count on him running in 2016.
Asked Thursday by Politico whether he would rule out a presidential or vice presidential bid in the next presidential cycle, Booker responded with three words: "Absolutely yes, unequivocally."
A spokesman confirmed his quote and said Booker is focused on his current run for the U.S. Senate in a special election this fall. He's running to fill the seat vacated by the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who passed away in early June.
Booker is considered the frontrunner in the Democratic primary on August 13, as well as the special election on October 16.
He's raised some serious cash already this summer, with $6.5 million raised as of June 30 and $4.5 million in the bank. He'll be getting even more money Thursday night when Oprah Winfrey hosts a fundraiser for the Senate hopeful.
CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Ashley Killough contributed to this report