Ben Affleck won't run for US Senate

Ben Affleck won't run for US Senate

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ben Affleck has heard the buzz -- but isn't trying to hear any talk about his movie "Argo" getting possible consideration for the Oscars. He says his main concern is to get the word out about the movie. It focuses on a real-life C.I.A. plot to pose as Hollywood filmmakers to free a group of American hostages being held during the Iranian revolution. Affleck says until the movie hits theaters, "there isn't anybody out there who has paid a dime to buy a ticket to see this movie" -- so it's premature to talk about awards. He says with all the work he and the cast put into the film, he wants people to be able to see it, and let any Oscar talk come after that. "Argo" opens today.

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Posted on December 26, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 27 at 4:27 AM

BOSTON (AP) -- Ben Affleck is taking his name off the list of possible candidates for U.S. Sen. John Kerry's seat, which would be open if the Democratic senator from Massachusetts is confirmed as secretary of state.

Affleck says in a Monday posting on his Facebook page that while he loves the political process, he will not be running for public office.

Speculation about the Cambridge, Mass., native rose slightly when he did not completely rule out a Senate bid during an appearance on CBS' Face The Nation on Sunday.

In his Facebook posting, Affleck says he would continue working with the Eastern Congo Initiative, a nonprofit organization that helps direct humanitarian aid to the war-torn region, and for other causes.

 Affleck says Kerry would make a great secretary of state.

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