Former President George W. Bush is sharing his experience of running for governor with Matthew McConaughey. On several occasions, the actor has teased a potential run for Texas governor but on Tuesday Bush, who held the office from 1995 to 2000, cautioned that it was not an easy job.
"I’ll just tell you this, it’s tough business," he said during an appearance on "Today."
In March, McConaughey revealed on "The Balanced Voice" podcast that his run for Texas governor is a "true consideration."
He explained, "I'm looking into now what is my leadership role? Because I do think I have some things to teach and share."
The "Dallas Buyers Club" also spoke about his political aspirations with "The Hugh Hewitt Show," noting that it was something that "wouldn’t be up to me" but to "the people."
He added that "politics seems to be a broken business to me right now. And when politics redefines its purpose, I could be a hell of a lot more interested," emphasizing that "I want to get behind personal values to rebind our social contracts with each other as Americans, as people again."
It appears McConaughey would have a large backing should he choose a gubernatorial campaign. A new poll reported by Newsweek found that, in a hypothetical electoral match-up, McConaughey would lead Texas Gov. Greg Abbott by 12 points. The Academy Award-winner was supported by 45% of Texas voters, while the incumbent governor received the backing of just 33%. An additional 22% said they would vote for someone else, in the poll published by The Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler on Sunday.
While the support may be there, McConaughey has not formally announced a run. In November he said during an appearance on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" that it was not something he intended to do "right now," Entertainment Tonight reported.
"I've been asked that question if I was interested in running for governor quite a bit lately," he added. "And I've always kind of given the same answer but evidently one of them came out as, 'I would consider it,' since I didn't say, 'Absolutely no.'"
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