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Bill Clinton speaking at the Irish America Magazine Hall of Fame Photo by: Irish America Magazine

Bill Clinton says he could run for President of Ireland in 2018, succeeding Michael D Higgins

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Bill Clinton speaking at the Irish America Magazine Hall of Fame Photo by: Irish America Magazine

Former President Bill Clinton recently said that he could be eligible to become a candidate for the next Irish presidency.

The Irish Independent reports that while speaking with CNN’s Piers Morgan at the Clinton Global Initiative on Tuesday, Clinton said, “If I move to Ireland and buy a house, I can run for president of Ireland because of my Irish heritage.”

Similarly, Clinton also said that he could be eligible to run 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.”

Clinton was born and raised in Arkansas, which was bought from France by the U.S. as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.

While Clinton admitted that the chances of him running for office in France are poor, he did poll well in a theoretical poll about his chances in France.

Between France and Ireland, it would seem more likely for Clinton to get involved with Ireland. He served as a vital part of the peace process in Northern Ireland during his run as U.S. President.

Clinton served as President of the U.S. in two successive terms from 1993 - 2001. His wife Hillary Clinton is currently serving as Secretary of State under President Obama.

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