Matthew McConaughey should be a dancer. When it comes to his political ambitions, the Academy Award winner tries to shimmy past a firm answer.
In fact, McConaughey’s answers about whether he’ll run for governor of Texas are pretty much a word salad dressed in a spicy we’ll see.
The New York Times interviewed Matthew McConaughey earlier this week for its podcast, Sway. And McConaughey’s answers probably won’t sway many to think he’s running. He says he has yet to form any sort of political committee or do any polling.
“I like to measure things before I partake,” McConaughey said during the podcast. “And you’ve got to partake before you partook.”
Matthew McConaughey has yet to declare a political party. In this latest interview, he talks as a centrist. And he says he wants to “redefine” politics.
“If each party’s only about preservation of party, well, I’m almost arguing that’s undemocratic,” Matthew McConaughey said. “If you’re only there to, by hook or by crook, preserve your party, you’re leaving out 50% of the people. So, I think politics needs a redefining.”
Matthew McConaughey Says the Middle Majority Should Be New Third Party
Outsiders probably understand McConaughey on that point. Then the native Texan says he wants to work where he’ll be most useful. Again, he doesn’t say whether that’s as governor of Texas or any other job. Currently, McConaughey is doing things that soothe his soul. He’s raising his family in Austin, teaching at the University of Texas and talking about his recently released memoir. (As a rule of thumb, people who want to run for higher office usually write a book as an unofficial kickoff of their campaign.)
“Who am I going to be?” Matthew McConaughey said. “Where can I be most useful? Is politics an embassy for me to be of the most use to myself, to my family, to the most amount of people my life moving forward?”
He also ducked some big, hot-button issues happening in Texas right now. The state recently implemented the most severe restrictions on abortion in the country. And its new election laws also are drawing fire from other parts of the country.
Yet McConaughey didn’t want to provide an opinion when he spoke with the New York Times.
“I’m not going to come out and tell you right now on this show, here’s where I stand about abortion,” McConaughey said. “We’ve been trying to figure out that, and how to play God with that situation since the beginning. But this latest move by Texas? It’s a little bit of … feels like a back to front sort of Roe v. Wade loophole that they’re trying to get into.”
As for his views on election rules, he said he believes it should be easier to vote than the current system.
“I think people want a third party, and we’ve got one,” Matthew McConaughey said. “It doesn’t have a name right now, and it is the majority. It is 60% of the population in America.”