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Ben Affleck Could Be Running for Senate to Replace Sen. John Kerry

December 21, 2012 (1:25 am) GMT
The 'Argo' actor appears on the wish list to become a successor of Sen. John Kerry if the senator is recruited to join Barack Obama's cabinet.
Ben Affleck

could be considered for senate run. There are whispers that the actor is on the list of candidates to become U.S. senate following rumors that Sen. John Kerry is on the top wish list to be the next Secretary of State replacing Hillary Clinton in a second-term Barack Obama administration.

"Ben has been very active in Democratic Party politics for a long time and has never hid his love of politics," the "" star's friend tells The Huffington Post about the possible senate candidacy. "He is a very impressive person, with a great deal of knowledge and passion."

"Anyone that underestimates Ben's political ambition is a fool. He's very focused and smart. People once laughed when he said he wanted to be a director, and now they are not laughing," another source says. "Also, never forget that this guy survived Bennifer -- so anything is possible," the insider adds, referring to his high-profile breakup with .

Ben himself remained coy about the matter. "One never knows. I'm not one to get into conjecture," the husband of said when asked by Bob Schieffer during a Wednesday, December 19 taping of CBS' "Face the Nation".

"I do have a great fondness and admiration for the political process in this country," he added. "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."

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