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Matthew McConaughey would consider running for Texas governor under right circumstances

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Austin's own Matthew McConaughey just released a new autobiography and so-called life guide “Greenlights.” (Photo: CBS Austin)

AUSTIN, Texas (KEYE) — Austin icon and Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey is tossing around the idea of one day entering politics.

On Tuesday's episode of "The Hugh Hewitt Show," McConaughey said "it would be up to the people more than it would me" when asked if he were to run for governor of Texas.


Hewitt asked McConaughey what he would do if he were the "brand ambassador" for the U.S. and what he could "recommend that both Republican and Democrats could get behind."

"Well, you know me," McConaughey said. "I’ve talked to you about it before. I’m, I want to get behind personal values to rebind our social contracts with each other as Americans, as people again."

The country doesn't "trust each other," he added.

"That leads to us not trust in ourselves, which if that becomes epidemic, then we’ve got anarchy. I’m all for the individual, and I think it’s for — to make collective change that the individual needs to look in the mirror and say, 'How can I be a little bit better today?'"

But still, McConaughey has some doubts about his effectiveness in politics:

You know, I still question how much you can really get done in politics, and I don’t know if politics is my avenue to get what maybe I am best equipped to get done.

You can listen to "The Hugh Hewitt Show" here.

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