MATTHEW McConaughey’s politics have left fans to wonder whether his blood runs blue or red.
The Academy Award-winning actor previously revealed in a podcast last year that he was considering a run for Texas governor, and has since even dabbled with the possibility of running for president one day.
Is Matthew McConaughey a Republican or a Democrat?
Although there has been speculation in the media that McConaughey is a Republican, he has never openly spoken about his political affiliations.
Some have assumed McConaughey is Republican largely because he is from Texas, which is a conservative, red state.
He also called for action involving new gun regulations:
“Uvalde, Texas, is where I was born — Uvalde is where I was taught to revere the power and the capability of the tool that we call a gun,” he said.
“Uvalde is where I learned responsible gun ownership.
“Responsible gun owners are fed up with the second amendment being abused and hijacked by some deranged individuals,” he said.
“These are reasonable, practical, tactical regulations,” McConaughey said, adding that the regulations are “not a step back.”
He added that people should find “a middle ground, the place where most of us Americans live anyway – especially on this issue.”
In addition, he said that the nation is “not as divided as we are being told we are.”
It remains unknown which party McConaughey is registered to.
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Is McConaughey running for office?
Speaking on CBS, the actor talked about how he and his wife hosted a virtual benefit concert to help Texas after a brutal winter storm.
After talking about how the pair “came up with the idea of the benefit,” the Hollywood heartthrob and producer suggested a future in politics was not out of the question.
McConaughey said, “I’m giving it consideration. I would be a fool not to.
“It’s a very honorable thing to consider, you know, what that position would mean.
“What would it be for me, what would it mean for the people of Texas.
“As I’ve said before and I’ll say again now, I have to decide for me what is my category where I can be most useful in life from here?”
However, on November 28, 2021, McConaughey published a 3-minute video on Twitter announcing his official decision not to run for the position of Texas Governor.
Nearly a year after his decision not to run for Governor, McConaughey told attendees at San Francisco’s Dreamforce conference that running for president in the near future seems “inevitable.”
According to SFGATE, when asked about the 2024 presidential election on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, McConaughey answered vaguely:
“Yeah I’ll consider it in the future, I’d be arrogant not to, absolutely I would consider it.
“If I got into any form of politics I’d be remiss not to also go in as an artist and a storyteller; help put a narrative together. You’re the CEO of a state and a nation, a lot of compartmentalization and choices to be made. They scare me but I’m not afraid of ’em.”
He added: “If that happened to me I would be pulled into it. If I’m living right, which I’m trying to, we get pulled into things … it’s inevitable. I didn’t choose it, it chose me.”
What has he said about politics in the past?
In a podcast with comedian, Russell Brand, in December 2020, McConaughey went on to criticize “far-left” Democrats and Hollywood after former President Trump’s 2016 election win.
“There’s a lot on that illiberal Left that absolutely condescend, patronize and are arrogant toward that other 50 percent,” he told Russell.
“In [Hollywood], when Trump was voted in four years ago, they were in denial that it was real,” he continued.
He also criticized Republicans who were in denial that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election.
“Now you’ve got the right that’s in denial, because their side has fake news,” he said.
“And I understand, they’ve been fed fake news.
“No one knows what the hell to believe, right? So they’re putting down their last bastion of defense,” the actor said.
He called on both Republicans and Democrats to instead work together and find a compromise.
On the New York Times podcast “Sway,” hosted by Kara Swisher, the actor addressed Texas’ new strict abortion laws that outlaw the procedure after six weeks.
“I’ve got a problem with that,” McConaughey said, adding he thought the legislation was “juvenile.”
He said that limiting a woman’s abortion chances after six weeks “does not really make that an honest consideration.”
During the podcast, McConaughey also spoke about the state of politics in the country.
“I’m working on what I’m trying to understand politics to be,” McConaughey said.
“I think we’ve got to redefine politics. If each party’s only about preservation of party, well, I’m almost arguing that’s undemocratic.
“If you’re only there to, by hook or by crook, preserve your party, you’re leaving out 50 percent of the people. So I think politics needs a redefining.”
Who is Matthew McConaughey?
The 52-year-old first gained notoriety for his supporting performance in the coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused.
Since then, he has been featured in blockbuster films like Dallas Buyer’s Club, The Wolf of Wall Street, Interstellar, and The Gentlemen.
He won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in Dallas Buyer’s Club.
He is married to Brazilian model, Camila Alves, whom he has been with since 2006, and the couple share three children together: Levi, Vida, and Livingston.