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Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey has always had an interest in politics. However, could the 'True Detective' star actually be running?

Governor Matthew McConaughey: Could the actor wade into politics?

From winning prestigious awards, starring in critically acclaimed films, being a professor at the University of Texas, and more, Matthew McConaughey has really done it all. And now, the star is proving he’s not stopping anytime soon from accomplishing his wide variety of goals. It seems like Matthew McConaughey is now trying to take a stab at politics. Let’s take a look at all the exciting details we know so far here.

 

Running for governor

Matthew McConaughey dipping his toes into the world of politics is surely something we’ve never expected, but then again, there have been plenty of occurrences of celebs doing this recently such as Caitlyn Jenner’s current campaign to be the governor of California. We also can’t forget that we recently had former reality TV star Donald Trump in the oval office for a whole four years as well. 

So what’s Matthew McConaughey planning to do in the politics business? Well, the actor recently revealed that he is considering running to be the next governor of Texas. On The Carlos Watson Show, the star, who’s also a native to the state of Texas, expressed his desire to make a long-term difference in politics, and he’s adamant on creating a foundation that will last for a long time. 

The actor said: “I’m not interested in going and putting a bunch of Band-Aids on that are gonna be ripped off as soon as I’m out. I’m interested in building something that can last, and I’m measuring what category that is. I don’t know if that’s politics. That whole embassy of politics has some redefining of its purpose. I trust my core beliefs enough and my values enough to feel comfortable listening to and opposing someone”.

“We try to teach our kids delayed gratification, but we don’t like to think about further than tomorrow — we need immediate results. How many things do actual leaders and politicians get done in their four [years] that now become realized later on after they’re in office? They never get the credit for those. You only get credit for wins, W’s and L’s, what you did in the bank of those years”, McConaughey expressed. 

What about his political views? 

So now we’re sure you’re all wondering: what exactly is Matthew McConaughey’s political stance? Does he lean towards the left or the right, or is he somewhere in the middle? Well, nothing has been confirmed yet as it seems like his campaign is currently in its very early stages. However, the star did recently step forward to express his sentiments towards anti-maskers. 

Sometime within the past year, masks somehow became a political issue for some folks, and to that, McConaughey said: “I’m like going come on, man – I’m not believing that you’re really scared of this little cotton thing. . . And I’m not believing that you really feel that takes away your identity and your freedom. This is a short-term inconvenience for long-term freedom”.

“There’s no data that says it’s not a good thing, no data that says it’s harmful”, the star emphasized on The Carlos Watson Show. “Let’s all take one for the team here. And we all like to say we want to take one for the team, we like to say oh, the value of a human life is the epitome … no it’s not. We won’t admit it”. If he were to end up running, the star would likely be facing Republican Greg Abbott who’s planning on re-election. 

While anti-maskers usually make up those who are Republicans or lean more to the right, it’s still unclear whether the actor will be running as a Democrat, Republican, or an independent. However, Politico has reported that the star has been gaining support amongst moderate Republicans and business leaders in Texas. 

The New York Post reported that: “The Dallas Morning News and University of Texas at Tyler found 45 percent of Texans would pick the actor, while 33 percent would vote for Abbott. But 56 percent of Republicans would vote for Abbott, while 30 percent would vote for McConaughey, the poll found”.

Would you vote for Matthew McConaughey if you were a Texas citizen? Let us know your thoughts on his potential political campaign for the governor of Texas in the comments. 

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