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WASHINGTON - Treasury Secretary John Snow on Sunday would not rule out the idea of Irish singer Bono, an activist on debt relief and AIDS (news - web sites), making the short list of potential candidates to lead the World Bank (news - web sites) even though an American is expected to get the job.
"He's somebody I admire. He does a lot of good in this world of economic development," Snow said.
"Most people know him as a rock star. He's in a way a rock star of the development world, too. He understands the give-and-take of development. He's a very pragmatic, effective and idealistic person," Snow said.
Snow is part of the Bush administration team working on finding a successor to James Wolfensohn, who is stepping down as head of the development bank on June 1.
Asked whether the Irish singer would make the short list of candidates that Snow is preparing for President Bush (news - web sites), the secretary said: "I am not going to review here all the candidates that are on the list. But I will attest to my admiration for Bono."