Ben Affleck on Running for Senate: 'I've Got a Lot On My Plate' Right Now
From Beverly Hills to Capitol Hill?
Ben Affleck may be an active member of the political community from his outpost in Hollywood, but don't count on the Argo director to trade in his director's chair for a seat in the Senate anytime soon.
Affleck sat down for an interview with Bob Schieffer for CBS' Face the Nation Wednesday Dec. 19 and politely sidestepped the seasoned host's speculation that he could one day run as a U.S. Senator for Massachusetts, though he never outright denied the possibility in the future.
"For one thing, the state of Massachusetts has two extraordinary senators [John Kerry and Scott P. Brown]," he chuckled when Schieffer pointed out that there were rumors that Affleck was looking to replace John Kerry. "So there is no vacancy."
When Schieffer pointed out that there would eventually be a vacancy, Affleck deflected the questioning with poise.
"Well, one never knows. I'm not one to get into conjecture," he replied. "I do have a great fondness and admiration for the political process in this country, but I'm not going to get into speculation about my political future."
The 40-year-old director is currently in Washington D.C. this week to discuss the topics he introduced in his Academy Award-nominated film Argo, about U.S. relations with Iran.
As such, Affleck told Schieffer jokingly, "I've got a lot on my plate."
"He's very focused and smart. People once laughed when he said he wanted to be a director, and now they are not laughing," a source told the Huffington Post of Affleck’s potential run.
"Also, never forget that this guy survived Bennifer - so anything is possible," the source quipped of Affleck's two-year romance and broken engagement to Jennifer Lopez.
This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Ben Affleck on Running for Senate: 'I've Got a Lot On My Plate' Right Now
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