Juxtaposition of the Day: Senator Ben Affleck Edition?

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Ben Affleck on the possibility of running for office someday, in a September interview with GQ, which was released for the first time this afternoon: “In terms of my level of interest it just gets to a point where I just want to take a shower … If you are a candidate, or if you are in Congress or if you’re in the Senate or wherever you are, you’re running across the street to constantly dial for dollars … It is just fucking toxic and poisonous and inappropriate … It’s [a] horrendous way to live. You know, your family and blah blah blah … So, no, the answer is: I don’t want to run for office.”

Affleck in a new interview with Face the Nation, set to air on Sunday, on rumors that he could run for John Kerry’s soon-to-be-open Senate seat: “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 … But I’m not going to get into speculation about my political future.”