On CBS’s Face The Nation this week, host Bob Schieffer asked Ben Affleck point blank, “Have you ever thought about running for public office?” Although he attempted to deflect the question by noting “the state of Massachusetts currently has two extraordinary Senators,” he ended up saying, “well, one never knows.”
Schieffer noted there might be a vacancy for him soon, with Senator John Kerry being tapped to be President Obama‘s next Secretary of State. Affleck said, “I’m not one to get into conjecture,” but then said, “I like to be involved.”
“You’re interested in a lot more than film,” Schieffer prodded.
Affleck agreed that was true and answered:
“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.”
He told Schieffer that he was “really happy being involved from the outside in government” and noted that with the release of his new film Argo, he has “a lot on his plate.”
The two then went on to discuss the movie.
Watch the full clip below, via CBS:
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