Did Matthew McConaughey launch Texas guv bid? Actor delivers strong 4th of July message

The Oscar winner delivered an unusually patriotic message to celebrate July 4, fuelling speculations that he is eyeing a run for Texas governor


                            Did Matthew McConaughey launch Texas guv bid? Actor delivers strong 4th of July message
Matthew McConaughey has long teased a career in politics (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for HISTORY)

Everything is perhaps not "alright, alright, alright" with America, believes actor Matthew McConaughey. The Oscar winner delivered an unusually patriotic message to celebrate the 4th of July, fuelling speculations that he is eyeing a run for Texas governor. In a Twitter video captioned "Happy 245th birthday America - lets rock", McConaughey noted that America was going through 'puberty' as a country.

"But let’s also remember that we’re babies as a country. We’re basically going through puberty in comparison to other countries’ timeline, and we’re going to go through growing pains. We are going through growing pains. This is not an excuse, this is just the reality, and this is good, because we got to keep learning, we got to keep maturing, we gotta keep striving, we gotta keep climbing, we gotta keep building. And we gotta make sure we maintain hope along the way, as we continue to evolve," the 'Dallas Buyers Club' actor stated in his speech. While his message was indeed strong and hard-hitting, it also prompted fans to believe that the actor could be making a gubernatorial run in Texas soon. In fact, McConaughey himself had previously flirted with the idea in public. 

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McConaughey had earlier mulled a run for Texas governor next year, prompting the Texas Democratic Party to say they would welcome the actor in case he decides on a political future. Texas GOP Senator Ted Cruz also acknowledged the actor as a formidable contender but hoped that he didn't become the next Texas governor.

A new poll conducted by The Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas showed promising results for McConaughey as far as support from registered Texas voters was concerned. The results of the poll showed that Texas-born McConaughey was in a near statistical tie with incumbent Governor Greg Abbott - who received 39 percent support while McConaughey received 38 percent. Meanwhile, 23 percent of the voters opted to vote for 'someone else'. 

On July 4, McConaughey started off his elaborate two-and-a-half-minute speech wishing 'Happy Birthday' to America. In the Independence Day message, he said, "Happy Birthday, America. Yes, indeed. As we celebrate our independence today, as we celebrate our birth as a nation, the day that kick-started a revolution to gain our sovereignty, let’s admit that this last year, this trip around the sun, was also another head-scratcher." It is believed that the 'Interstellar' actor was referring to the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 as well as the political turmoil. 

Matthew McConaughey (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for Wild Turkey)

He added, "We’re constantly in motion, we’re on the way, trying to get wiser, trying to get braver, trying to dream more, trying to do more, trying to be more fair, take the right kind of responsibilities, to gain the right kind of freedoms, and we gotta keep realizing that we’re a place where our individual pursuits and desires need to be appreciative and supportive of our collective responsibilities as Americans."

"Hence, the United States of America. Sure, we’re each unique. We’re each independent. We each have innate abilities that others don’t have, as people and as states. But at the same time, we are all in this together, and if you don’t purchase that, move on. Go somewhere else," the 51-year-old actor continued. 

"So, as we celebrate the red, white and blue this weekend, let’s be sure and just reflect just a minute, take a little bit of inventory on where we’ve come from, where we are and how and where we want to go from here on the way to being the best we can be. Now what if that was a song, and each of us just said, ‘I can’t not sing that song’? I want to be a little bit better, you want to be a little bit better. Let’s be on the way to being the best we can be. Let’s make that a song we can’t not sing. Why? Because it’s who we are. It’s who we gotta be, and again, the alternative sucks," he said, concluding his message with, "Let’s rock, America. Happy Birthday, just keep livin’. I’ll see you there.”

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