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Wednesday 30 July 2014

Next resident of the Aras? Bill Clinton reveals he could run for Irish Presidency

Independent.ie reporters

Published 27/09/2012|10:03

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Bill Clinton during a vistit to Aras An Uachtarain in 2001

FORMER US President Bill Clinton has revealed that he would be eligible to run for President of Ireland in 2018 if he wished.

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The 66 year old, who served two terms in the White House from 1993-2001, told CNN he would be eligible to run for the Presidency of Ireland and France.

The former President said: “If I move to Ireland and buy a house, I can run for president of Ireland because of my Irish heritage.”

Clinton would also be eligible to fun for President of France: “Any person anywhere in the world that was born in a place that ever was a part of the French empire, if you move to, if you live in France for six months and speak French you can run for president of France.”

He was born in Arkansas which became part of the United States due to the Louisiana Purchase, when the US bought land from France in 1803 to settle a territorial claim.

The popular former President even polled well in a theoretical poll of his chances in a French election, however said his poor French would ruin his chances.

“That's the best I'd ever do because once they heard my broken French with a southern accent I would drop into single digits within a week and I'd be toast”, he joked.

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