George W. Bush weighed in on the speculation that Academy-Award winner Matthew McConaughey could run for Texas governor after a recent poll showed the actor leading Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in a hypothetical contest.
On Tuesday, Bush and his wife, Laura, appeared on “Today with Hoda & Jenna,” co-hosted by their daughter, Jenna.
“I read that, Matthew, yeah…” Bush began, “I tell you this, it’s a tough business,” he said.
The former president said he has “no idea” about McConaughey’s chances of winning a possible gubernatorial run, according to Fox News.
“I have no idea. I’ll just tell you this, it’s a tough business. It is a tough business.”
“But, the question is are we able to set aside our partisan differences and solve problems?” Bush said. “I mean, politics has always been tough.”
The poll the Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler conducted a survey between April 6 and 13 of 1,126 registered voters — 37% who identified as Republicans, 30% Democrat, and 33% neutral.
Forty-five percent of those polled said they would back McConaughey, 33% Abbott, and 22% said they would back a different candidate.
“Matthew McConaughey gets a huge boost from tremendous name recognition and recognition for what he does to help Texans and add to the celebration of the state’s successes,” UT-Tyler political scientist Mark Owens told The Dallas Morning News. “Most of our survey respondents know his story, but many are waiting to see how he opens his next chapter.”
However, Abbott’s support among Republicans remained strong, with 50% saying they approve of the governor’s work against the 36% who disapproved.
McConaughey, born in Uvalde, previously said running for the governorship of his home state is “a true consideration.”
He said he was “looking into” the question of: “What is [his] leadership role?”
“What is my role, what is my category in my next chapter of life that I’m going into now?” the “Interstellar” star said.
He has been a registered voter in Travis County since 2012 but has only voted twice since then — in the 2018 and 2020 general elections.
The actor has not said whether he would run as a Democrat or a Republican.
There are also reportedly no records of McConaughey donating to political candidates from either party on a local or federal level.
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