Former President George W. Bush had words of warning for Matthew McConaughey if he chooses to go into politics.
Bush and his wife, former first lady Laura Bush, appeared on Today with Hoda & Jenna, which is co-hosted by their daughter, and shared some advice for McConaughey when asked if he had heard the star was considering a run for Texas’ highest office.
“I read that, Matthew, yeah… I tell you this, it’s a tough business,” he commented.
McConaughey has claimed running for Texas governor is a “true consideration,” as he ponders his future. “What is my role, what is my category in my next chapter of life that I’m going into now?”
Though the former president said he had “no idea” if the Oscar-winning actor would have a real chance at the office, a recent poll shows that the numbers are already on his side.
According to a survey of 1,126 registered voters, conducted by The Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler from April 6-13, 45% of people said they would vote for McConaughey over the current Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who trailed with 33%. Twenty-two percent of voters would cast their ballots for 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,” said UT-Tyler political scientist Mark Owens. “Most of our survey respondents know his story, but many are waiting to see how he opens his next chapter.”