Over the past year or so, rumors of Matthew McConaughey running for office have progressed from mere rumors to full blown actual consideration.
McConaughey has said on more than one occasion that he is seriously considering public office, and what’s more, the polls show that he actually has a good shot at winning.
In a recent poll from Dallas Morning News, McConaughey is leading incumbent governor Greg Abbott by a pretty solid margin.
Abbott’s approval rating has dropped to 45% in recent months, but as it stands right now, McConaughey is leading Abbott by 9 points, with former Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke trailing both.
In a new interview with the New York Times, McConaughey laid it all out there, speaking more candidly about politics than he probably ever has.
And once again, he challenged us all to get aggressively centric.
When it comes to even the term “politics” and the possibility of McConaughey actually running for the Governor of Texas, it all comes down to redefining what that even means:
“Look, are the parties so extreme right now that they’re going to walk their way into extinction? I don’t know. What I fear is, you know, great nations aren’t taken over from the outside. They implode.
Civil war— that’s the big fear for me for the country, is this path we’re going. It’s not constructive. I don’t see the way out right now through politics.
I think people want a third party and we’ve got one and it doesn’t have a name right now and it is the majority. I’m hesitant to throw labels.
You throw a third party and make it— give it a name, it all of a sudden becomes something that is divisive. But there is a sleeping giant right now. And it’s the majority.
Third party, centrist… I think it’s necessary to be aggressively centric to possibly salvage democracy in America right now.”
And the hottest topic in politics right now?
COVID-19 policy and more specifically, vaccine mandates.
The FDA recently granted emergency authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for children 5-11 years old. And with that emergency authorization comes the follow up question… should children be forced to get vaccinated to attend school?
For McConaughey, according to The Hill, that’s a resounding “no.”
“I couldn’t mandate having to vaccinate the younger kids. I still want to find out more information.
I’m vaccinated. My wife’s vaccinated. I didn’t do it because someone told me I had to… I chose to do it. Do I think that there’s any kind of scam or conspiracy theory?
Hell no. We all got to get off that narrative. There’s not a conspiracy theory on the vaccines.”
But that doesn’t mean he’s ready to give it to his kids just yet.
“Right now I’m not vaccinating mine, I’ll tell you that.”
Naturally, a seemingly fair take like that sent Twitter into a frenzy.
It should come as a surprise to absolutely no one that Matthew McConaughey is against vaccine mandates. The man looks like he's barely seen the inside of a shower since 93, I 100% don't doubt public health isn't high on his list of priorities
Matthew McConaughey making it perfectly clear that he has no business making any sort of policy decisions about anything. I thought his "aw shucks I'm just a simple Texas hillbilly" thing was just a shtick. But it's not. He truly is as dumb as he seems. https://t.co/yvjSyy448g
Matthew McConaughey says he isnt vaccinating his kids but he and his wife are vaccinated because his 90 yr old mother lives with him !! Apparently Matt doesn't understand how the #TRUMPVIRUS spreads!!!
people are once again surprised this man isn't a hyper-liberal. lol if he thinks he has a chance to win in Texas he knows that centrist with a right slant is his best bet. the fact that he's not vaccinating his kids is just par for the course in this hell state. https://t.co/68BYkaBmX2