(CNN) - "Jeopardy!" champion Ken Jennings revealed during a online question and answer session last week that two prominent senators tried to recruit him to run for a U.S. Senate seat in 2004.
"Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Harry Reid (D-NV) both called me back personally in 2004 to try to get me to run for Orrin Hatch's Senate seat," Jennings wrote in response to a question about what types of job offers he's gotten since famously winning 74 straight games of Jeopardy!.
"I am not making this up. Win on a game show and you can apparently run for the US Senate. That was when I realized the Democratic Party was f@#$ed in '04," he added.
Jennings would have faced a tough race against Hatch, who had no primary challengers and easily won reelection with 63 percent of the vote in the 2006 race. Though Jennings still doesn't seem interested in a Senate bid, Hatch will likely have a tougher race this time around. Many political observers predict that the longtime senator could face a strong primary challenge from a conservative candidate when he is up for reelection again in 2012.
Jennings was fielding questions on the social news site Reddit under the handle "Watson's B–tch," a reference to IBM's new supercomputer, nicknamed Watson, that recently bested Jennings and fellow "Jeopardy!" champion Brad Rutter in a special two-game match-up.
But unlike Jennings, Watson has not shied from the political spotlight. The supercomputer most recently faced off against group of congressmen in Washington during an informal game of "Jeopardy!" set up by IBM to teach members of Congress about the new technology.
Watson predictably won the game, but proved no match for Democratic Rep. Rush Holt. The New Jersey congressman, an actual five-time "Jeopardy!" champion, managed to overcome the computer during his round, much to Jenning's apparent dismay.
When asked if he knew how the congressman did it, Jennings wrote "Rush Holt! I will never stop doing this now. I hope I never meet the guy..."