Matthew McConaughey Speaks Out on Making Lasting Changes Amid Potential Run for Governor

by Emily Morgan

Matthew McConaughey is opening up about his approach to politics amid rumors of his potential run for public office.

In the past few months, outlets have questioned the veteran actor about possibly running for governor of Texas. Although McConaughey hasn’t made any commitments, he recently discussed his political beliefs should he run. To begin with, he says he’s against to temporary solutions.

“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,” he said during “The Carlos Watson Show.”

He continued: “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.”

Matthew McConaughey also said he wants to stay true to himself.

“I trust my core beliefs enough and my values enough to feel comfortable listening to and opposing someone,” he said.”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.”

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For several weeks, the father of three has hinted at running against Republican incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott.

McConaughey said that “it would be up to the people more than it would me” whether or not he transistions to politics.

Rumors have been swirling around a potential McConaughey run for months. He’s also been less than shy about his interest in politics. Despite being a Hollywood superstar, McConaughey remains a proud Texas resident. Matthew McConaughey lives in Austin with his wife Camila and their three children.

He’s acted as a sort of mascot for the state throughout the past few years. He’s also created several PSAs for the coronavirus pandemic. He also created the “just keep livin” foundation, which works with young people. He also helped raise millions of dollars for victims of the ice storm that hit his home state.

At the University of Texas at Austin, university officials named him”Minister of Culture.” He’s also a professor of practice at the Moody College of Communication.