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Ben Affleck: Door's open for Senate run

"One never knows," he says coyly on "Face the Nation." "I do have a great fondness ... for the political process"


David Daley
December 22, 2012 5:27AM (UTC)

Ben Affleck sounds a little like a senator. That is, he sounds like he's been paying attention to how to keep the door open on a run.

Affleck will appear Sunday on "Face the Nation," and the CBS Sunday morning show released an advance video of the interview, in which the actor sounds like he's considering a run for John Kerry's seat in the Senate.

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Kerry was nominated Friday to be secretary of state in President Obama's second term, succeeding Hillary Clinton. Scott Brown, who was defeated by Elizabeth Warren in November, is considered a likely GOP nominee, and an early favorite.

Here's the key quote:

Well, one never knows. I'm not one to get into conjecture. I do have a great fondness and admiration for the political process in this country, it's a big deal for me to come down here and be on your show that I've watched so much. But I'm not going to get into speculation about my political future.

I like to be involved -- right now I'm really happy being involved from the outside in government, advocating for the Congolese, taking this move that I made, "Argo," and it's really become a springboard for dialogue about our relationship with Iran, which is, you know, as Hillary Clinton said, the most pressing foreign policy issue today -- so I've got a lot on my plate.


David Daley

David Daley, a former editor of Salon, is the author of the national bestseller "Ratf**ked: Why Your Vote Doesn't Count" and the forthcoming “Unrigged: How Americans Fought Back, Slayed the Gerrymander and Reinvented Democracy.” He is a senior fellow at FairVote.

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