Matthew McConaughey opens up on vaccines and Texas abortion law

Ash Jurberg
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"[The CDC] just said we could vaccinate kids. I want to trust in the science. Do I think there's any kind of scam or conspiracy theory? Hell no I don't. We all gotta get off that narrative. It's scary. Right now, I'm not vaccinating mine."

Yesterday Texan actor and a potential candidate for Texas Governor Matthew McConaughey was interviewed for the New York Times Deal Book Summit. He was asked a wide range of questions, including those pertaining to issues critical to many Texans- mask mandates and vaccinations.

Given the rumors around the potential of a Texas governor's run, it was interesting to hear his comments on the topics.

Recently the CDC approved vaccinations for children aged 5 to 11.

McConaughey has three children. Levi, aged 13; Vida, aged 11; and Livingston, who is eight years old.

Matthew and his wife are vaccinated as his mother, who is 90. McConaughey also confirmed on Instagram that his thirteen-year-old son Levi was vaccinated. So it's important to acknowledge that McConaughey is not against the vaccine. However, McConaughey is unsure whether he will vaccinate his two youngest children.

"I still want to find out more information. … There will come a time where you're going to have to roll the dice one way or the other and go: ‘Where are the numbers in my favor?’" Matthew McConaughey

In addition to speaking about vaccines, the actor was asked about the recent 6-week abortion ban in Texas, which came into effect in September.

"It doesn't seem to open up the room for a sensible choice to be made at the right time. I believe in this: more responsibility, more personal responsibility to make the right choices. And we got to pick context with each situation, and each person's situation, each woman's situation."

McConaughey has yet to say whether he will run against Texas Gov Greg Abbott. If he did run, it isn't even clear whether it would be as a Democrat or a Republican. Despite this, he still has the support of many Texans.

A June poll released by The Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler showed that while Abbott is the preferred choice of Governor by 39% of Texans, McConaughey sits at 38%. This is quite a significant number, given he hasn't entered the race.

When he was on the Ellen show back in May and asked about his intention, McConaughey expressed some interest.

(It's) “something I’m trying to look in the eye and give honest consideration. Where am I most useful to the most amount of people and to myself and my family?” Matthew McConaughey

Another poll that was conducted by Quinnipiac University poll of registered voters in Texas had similar results. In that poll, 41 percent of voters say they would like to see McConaughey run.

It will be interesting to see if McConaughey does enter the race and also if he will make any further comment on vaccinations or the Texas abortion law.

Readers, what do you think of the latest interview and McConaughey's comments. Would you like him to run for Governor? And if so, would you vote for him.

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