Matthew McConaughey teases Texas governor’s run in video: ‘Let’s Rock’
Matthew McConaughey appeared to continue to tease a possible bid for governor of Texas on Sunday, when he shared an enthusiastic Independence Day speech to the nation via Twitter.
The Oscar-winning actor, 51, who has discussed running for public office in recent months, urged Americans to embrace “collective responsibility” as he insisted that “we are all in the same boat “.
“Happy birthday, America,” said the Texas native, as he sat in front of a large American flag. “Yes, indeed, as we celebrate our independence today, as we celebrate our birth as a nation – the day that sparked a revolution to gain our sovereignty – let’s admit that the trip around the sun of the year last was also another puzzle.
“But let’s also remember that we’re babies. As a country, we’re basically going through puberty compared to other countries’ timelines. And we’re going to go through growing pains – we’re going through growing pains.
“It’s not an excuse, it’s just a reality. And that’s good, because we have to keep learning, we have to keep maturing, we have to keep striving, we have to keep climbing, we have to keep on climbing. we have to keep building, and we have to make sure that we keep our hopes up along the way as we keep evolving.
“Why? Because that’s who we are. Why? Because the alternative sucks. I believe America and you and I believe we are an aspiration. We are constantly on the move, we are on. the way, trying to get wiser, trying to be braver, trying to dream more, trying to do more, trying to be fairer, taking the right kind of responsibilities to get the right kind of freedoms.
“And we must continue to realize that we are a place where our individual activities and desires must be grateful and support our collective responsibilities as Americans, hence the United States of America.”
“Of course, we are each unique,” he continued. “We are each independent. We each have innate abilities that others do not have, as persons and as states. But at the same time, we are all in the same boat. What if you don’t buy not that, move on. Go somewhere else. “
Adding that Americans should “take a little inventory of where we came from, where we are, and how and where we want to go from here” in the midst of the July 4th celebrations, he concluded: “Let’s rock , America. Happy birthday. Go on living. I’ll see you there. “
In recent months, discussions over McConaughey’s bid for Texas governor have intensified, with the actor remaining popular among voters ahead of the 2022 election.
On Sunday, The morning news from Dallas and the University of Texas at Tyler released a new poll that shows incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, favored by 39% of Texans, while McConaughey has 38% support. Previous polls have shown McConaughey to have a double-digit lead over Abbott.
While McConaughey has yet to pledge to run for office, or even state which party he would represent if he does, he has asked about the commitment to a possible political career in recent months.
During an interview on OZY’s Carlos Watson’s show, which was released in May, the titular host asked McConaughey if the prospect of embarking on a career in politics would give him a “buzz” or prove “difficult.”
“That would definitely challenge it, but I don’t know if it’s the buzz,” McConaughey said. “I’m not interested in going out there and putting on a bunch of band-aids that are going to be ripped off as soon as I get out. I’m interested in building something that can last.”
The movie star was then asked if he had the “constitution” to navigate the difficult political discussions that would come with the job.
In response, he said: “I trust my core beliefs and values enough to feel comfortable listening to an opponent. [belief]. “
In an interview with the Longview News-Journal in March, McConaughey also spoke about the fact that it had not aligned politically with Democrats or Republicans.
“I’ve repeated this analogy a few times before, but someone said to me, ‘There’s nothing in the middle but dead armadillos and yellow lines,'” McConaughey said. “I said, ‘Well I’m walking on the yellow lines, right in the middle of the freeway right now. And the armadillos are free to have fun because right now both sides are so far away. on the right or on the left, there aren’t even any tires on the sidewalk.
“So, I think to go in, to think Democrat or Republican or either, is to think little now and even become unconstitutional because you are supposed to serve the American people or the people of your state.”