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Ashcroft Doesn't Expect Any More Runs for Office

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John Ashcroft (UPI file photo)

By AP/KWMU

Washington, DC – U.S Attorney General John Ashcroft says it's unlikely he'll make another run for elective office in the years ahead.

Ashcroft has served two terms as Missouri Governor and one term in the U.S. Senate. President Bush picked Ashcroft to head the Justice Department after Ashcroft lost his Senate re-election bid in 2000 to the late Mel Carnahan.

Ashcroft will leave as attorney general once his successor, Alberto Gonzales, is confirmed by the Senate and sworn in.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Ashcroft declined to offer detailed plans for his future. But he said: "I don't expect in any way to run for office again."

Ashcroft says he'll remain in the Washington area, probably making some speeches and taking a private-sector job.

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