I am a “philosopher, poet-statesman”, not a politician
- Matthew McConaughey offered cryptic clues to a possible Texas gubernatorial race.
- In an interview with the “Set It Straight: Myths and Legends” podcast, he flirted with her.
- “I am more of a folk singer, a philosopher, a poet-statesman than a per se definitive politician,” he said.
Amid ongoing speculation about whether he will enter the Texas governor’s race in 2022, Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey has added fuel to the fire in the form of cryptic waves.
In typical McConaughey’s fashion, the actor and Texas native explored if he was meant to be a politician in an interview on the “Set it Straight: Myths and Legends” podcast.
Politics didn’t kick in until the very end, with most of the show being devoted to how the actor got his big shot in “Dazed and Confused”, Richard Linklater’s cult classic in 1993. The hosts, members of the Grammy-nominated band Midland, were particularly interested in how McConaughey developed his personal philosophy for his memoir “Greenlights”.
One of the hosts told McConaughey he would have his support if he ran for public office, and McConaughey delved into his political reflections.
“Let me ask you, in your opinion, do you think the public service is the category where I could be most useful in this way? McConaughey said.
He said he “measured it” when it came to running for office, and that politics would likely play a role in his life “to some extent” because of the importance of public policy in politics. everyday life of people.
“It’s just that I’m more of a folk singer, a philosopher, a statesman-poet than a politician per se,” McConaughey later said. “So I say, ‘Well, that’s a reason not to do it,’ but then I say, ‘Oh, well, that’s exactly why you should do it. Because politics needs to. be redefined. ‘”
A recent Dallas Morning News Poll showed McConaughey defeating Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in a hypothetical one-on-one clash, with the artist scoring particularly high marks from Democrats.
Abbott recently enacted a so-called abortion ban law which the Supreme Court decided not to block and deployed what he called a “steel wall” of state-owned vehicles in an attempt to deter thousands of Haitian migrants entering the United States. Abbott’s approval rating has fallen to just 45% in the longtime GOP stronghold, with 54% of respondents saying they think the Lone Star State is on the wrong track.
As the Houston Chronicle reported, the actor has yet to take significant steps towards an offer since speculation began to escalate in April.
Hosts praised the movie star nonetheless, with the conversation swinging between playful banter and more meditation on the meaning of life.
“I could filibuster,” McConaughey joked at another point when a host said McConaughey’s leadership qualities would trump his political views to get the host’s vote.
“I measure what my category is, what my embassy is, because I have to remain a storyteller,” McConaughey said. “I received this gift. I love to do it, I have to remain an artist … Now if [politics is] the category to be able to do it – which would be different than what some people have done so far – maybe that’s for me, but maybe it’s also in a whole new category that I’m going to just create. “