CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s been one of the biggest national stories of the week, but Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday said he’s “not familiar” with a letter 47 Republican U.S. senators sent to the leaders of Iran, amid the Obama administration’s efforts to negotiate a nuclear deal.
Moments after Rauner had said U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has been a phenomenal senator for Illinois, and that he’s pulling for Kirk to win another term in 2016, the governor was asked if he thought Kirk signing the letter to Iran’s ayatollah would hurt his re-election chances.READ MORE: Northwestern University Bans All Social Activities At Campus Fraternities Until At Least Mid-October After Reports Of Drugging
Rauner pleaded ignorance.
“I’m sorry, I’m not familiar with the letter,” he said.
When WBBM pointed out people likely would be surprised to hear the governor is not familiar with a story that has dominated national news headlines all week, Rauner insisted he’s more focused on Illinois’ problems.
“You know what? I’m very focused, and federal issues are not my issue,” he said.READ MORE: Evanston Police Called To A Stabbing, Fatal Shooting Incident