Former US president Bill Clinton says he could run for president of Ireland or France if he so desires provided he took some steps to satisfy the laws of the country of his choice to legitimize his candidacy.
Clinton said his Irish heritage allows him to run for public office in Ireland and, because he was born in Arkansas which was part of the Louisiana Purchase from France, he also qualifies to run for president of France.
“The only two countries I’m eligible to run for the leadership position is if I move to Ireland and buy a house, I can run for president of Ireland because of my Irish heritage,” Clinton told Piers Morgan of CNN.
"And because I was born in Arkansas, which is part of the Louisiana Purchase, any person anywhere in the world that was born in a place that ever was 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."
In an interview at the United Nations General Assembly during the Clinton Global Initiative conference, Clinton said, he did well in a theoretical presidential poll in France but because of his broken French with a southern accent, he'll surely drop quickly in the ranking.
“And I said, you know, ‘This is great.’ But 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.”
The two-term former US president has been campaigning for President Barack Obama's reelection as he called on the electorate to vote for Obama and his team in the coming November elections.
Clinton has remained a global political and economic figure as he continues to contribute and turn his ideas into action with his annual Global Initiative Conference in collaboration with world economic leaders.