With Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan scheduled to retire at the end of January, President Bush has intimated that he may look beyond the short list of candidates considered to be front-runners for the post and expand the search for a successor.

At a new conference held earlier this week, the president said he might look for the new fed chief "outside the White House."

Early favorites to succeed Greenspan are Martin Feldstein of Harvard University, R. Glenn Hubbard, a former presidential advisor; and Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

Assisting the president with his final decision will be Vice President Dick Cheney, Andrew Card, White House chief of staff; domestic policy advisor Karl Rove, and Joshua Bolten, the White House budget director.Greenspan's term expires on Jan. 31.

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