A tough confirmation battle lies ahead for former Senator John Ashcroft as he gears up for hearings to determine whether he’ll be confirmed as U.S. Attorney General. Republicans on Capitol Hill are rallying around Ashcroft. Senator Kit Bond says Ashcroft is a good man. He’s critical of those who have launched personal attacks against Ashcroft. Bond says he’s spoken to both Democrat and Republican colleagues in the Senate, and he expects confirmation for Ashcroft.