Bachmann a Swiss citizen?
May 8th, 2012
10:34 PM ET
2 years ago

Bachmann a Swiss citizen?

(CNN) - Proud American citizen Michele Bachmann now has another country to call home: Switzerland.

The Minnesota congresswoman and former GOP presidential candidate was granted dual citizenship with the European country, her spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday night.

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"Congresswoman Bachmann's husband is of Swiss descent so she has been eligible for dual-citizenship since they got married in 1978," Becky Rogness said in a statement. "However, recently some of their children wanted to exercise their eligibility for dual-citizenship so they went through the process as a family."

While her husband has Swiss heritage, Bachmann wrote in her 2011 memoir that her ancestors hail from Norway (her great-great-great grandfather emigrated from the country). Her mother sang Norweigen folk songs to her as a child, she wrote, and she studied the language in college but "never had time really to gain proficiency."

Bachmann, who's running for a fourth term in the House, joins millions of Americans with dual citizenship.

According to the State Department, dual nationals "owe allegiance to both the United States and the foreign country" and "are required to obey the laws of both countries."

But could her new, by-marriage Swiss pride conflict with her own Norwegian roots?

Perhaps she'll stay neutral on that debate.

The story was first reported by Politico.

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Filed under: Immigration • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (146 Responses)
  1. John

    Communist! So much for her being a real American! ;-)

    May 8, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  2. mack

    Hope she moves to her new country

    May 8, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  3. mikem

    Dual nationals owe allegiance to both countries? That's idiotic. When I proudly became an American I gladly renounce any allegiance to the country of my birth. What if we go to war with Mexico or Israel?

    May 8, 2012 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  4. Larry L

    Great news! Can we contribute to some fund to help buy her ticket? She may have a little trouble with their "socialism" and I hope she tells them about their problems of great health care, high standard of living, terrific educational opportunities, etc.

    May 8, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  5. jocko

    So, did she marry Marcus so that he could stay in the US? Are any of her children anchor babies?

    No real American would claim dual citizenship. She's palling around with european socialists.

    May 8, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  6. LouAz

    She does not know who she is . . .
    “In 1979, Michele Bachmann was a member of the first class of the O. W. Coburn School of Law, then a part of Oral Roberts University. While there, Bachmann studied with John Eidsmoe, whom she described in 2011 as "one of the professors who had a great influence on me". Bachmann worked as a research assistant on Eidsmoe's 1987 book Christianity and the Constitution, which argues that the United States was founded as a Christian theocracy, and should become one again. In 1986 Bachmann received a J.D. degree from Oral Roberts University. She was a member of the final graduating class of the law school at ORU.” – from Wiki.

    May 8, 2012 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  7. MK

    She can now finally be proud to be a Swiss.... and go wreak havoc on that country.

    May 8, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  8. Debbie

    Oh this is rich...and IF Bachmann was truely in love with America she would not lower our flag to have citizenship in another country. Maybe she has bank accounts there.

    May 8, 2012 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  9. jean

    Did she do her homework? Switzerland allows same sex partnerships with many of the same rights as married heterosexual couples. They also have compulsory health insurance (that's means mandatory, Michelle, as in no choice). Either she thinks God is telling her to go and fix the errors of their ways, or she and Marcus are being business savvy and plan to open new "Pray away the Gay" clinics for those misguided and sinful Swiss.

    May 8, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  10. Sheepleherder

    So much for America first, last and always. Now that she's making a few bucks, she's setting up her tax dodge. Typical.

    May 8, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  11. independent

    As a dual citizen, does that mean her overseas bank account is not a foreign investment because she is a citizen of that country?

    May 8, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  12. rossmick

    How soon can she move? It can't be soon enough, poor Switzerland.

    May 8, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  13. ClearAndPresentThinking

    Now the Swiss are stuck with her, too. I hope this does not create an international incident.

    May 8, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  14. Doh

    So being an American isn't good enough?

    May 8, 2012 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  15. ReligiousGuy

    A person who runs for public office should not be allowed to hold dual citizenship. She claims to be proud to be America and calls Democrats as unamerican, but this action of hers to get dual-citizenship shows that she is one of the most unamerican politician in America. No one can be true faithfull to two countries at the same time. If that was ever possible then America should allow dual citizenship with every country on this plant and why limit with just dual citizenship why not more than four/six/eight?

    May 8, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  16. ReligiousGuy

    So she is not proud to be American else why would she take dual citizenship.

    May 8, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  17. iowaguy

    Can you have duel citizenship and be a member of congress at the same time?

    May 8, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  18. Mohammed

    The comments here show once again how retarded Democrats are.

    May 8, 2012 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  19. s.s

    Good for her!! that's is what freedom of choice is all about!!

    May 8, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  20. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    I think she should defect and work in their norwaycare health field.

    May 8, 2012 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  21. Larry L

    @Mohammed

    "The comments here show once again how retarded Democrats are."
    ------------------------------------------------------------
    Are Muslims allowed to join the Klan? I wouldn't think so...

    May 8, 2012 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  22. timz

    Is she in this country legally? It's time we got serious about defending our borders. This gives "Eurotrash" a whole new dimension.

    May 9, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  23. VA VERY Ex Republican

    OK Babe get ready to pay what they call ANOBAG in Switzerland:
    10.3% social deductions per month from the base salary
    2.2 % unemployment deduction per month from the base salary
    1.701 % insurance
    pension fund: $1025
    add that to a minimum of 35% taxes on your income. now let us see how you will deal almost 50% of your income going to taxes you hypocrate tea bagger. it is OK for you to pay that because you know that you, your spouse, and your kids will be taken care of with a state of the art free health care system, and free college education for your kids. but you say no and nah and never when it comes to providing half of those benefits to American families and American Children. and I do not want to hear from Sue or Truth and nothing but far away from truth and what ever that same GOP operative calss him/her self since yes I do know since yes I do have employees overseas and yes this is how much they pay in taxes and contributions you winning spoiled selfish blinded brainless GOP followers (Sorry to say I used to be one and I only have God and then McCain with the Sarah Palin pick to thank)

    May 9, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  24. Alex in Wisconsin

    Now she can stash some money in a swiss bank without looking like Romney.

    May 9, 2012 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  25. @home

    Say it isn't so.. Please pack up and move! I guess in order to have the Swiss account she needed to be a citizen as well. This woman is the definition of hypocrite.. and fraud.

    May 9, 2012 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
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