Bachmann a Swiss citizen?
May 8th, 2012
10:34 PM ET
3 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. allens

    i thought she was on the senate intel committee. if that is true, can someone with another citizenship remain privy to our countries secrets?

    May 9, 2012 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  2. Irskan

    we knew she was a fruitcake. now she's a cheese??

    May 9, 2012 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  3. Cooze

    Guess she's not as dumb as I thought.

    May 9, 2012 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  4. Ambrose Smith

    Her allegiance is split now. We can never trust her.

    May 9, 2012 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  5. Irskan

    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.
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    You forgot the part where they all have guns, even the newborns..

    May 9, 2012 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  6. Joshua

    This story is full of holes!

    May 9, 2012 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  7. 60minuteman

    I knew her husband was a swish.

    May 9, 2012 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  8. Thomas

    Now Michele Bachmann can go to the Carl .G. Jung Institute in Zürich, Switzerland for analysis !

    The Swiss have a great mental health system !

    Now she has a country with health care for all.

    Stop Obama Care !

    May 9, 2012 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  9. MichelleBachmannForPresidentOfOz

    Switzerland just lost any respectability it once had.

    May 9, 2012 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  10. Schwarzey

    The swiss... very progressive when it comes to dual citizenship. Maybe it will be to her advantage. She's got a few screws loose in her clock upstairs, you see.

    May 9, 2012 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  11. bcm

    Great news!! Hopefully she will move there and really see what a socialistic government is!

    May 9, 2012 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  12. joeynavarrete

    I offer my most sincere condolences to the swiss people. Switzerland is too great of a country to deserve this punishment that has been thrust upon them.

    May 9, 2012 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  13. joeynavarrete

    I offer my most sincere condolences for the swiss people. Switzerland is too great a country to have such an awful punishment thrust upon them.

    May 9, 2012 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  14. DJ

    She is going to freak when she sees Switzerland's healthcare law. It's quite similar to what we have here.

    May 9, 2012 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  15. Bachmann is a Traitor to America

    What a traitor and what freaking gaul to call the President an illegal and then claim allegiance to a country not your own. She is the most feral minded sack of filth the midwest has ever shot all over this country's face

    May 9, 2012 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  16. ThinkAgain

    @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?"

    I think that's exactly why she did it.

    May 9, 2012 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  17. SwissMIss

    Dual Citizenship from a birther. How choice. How disgusting. You waste this country's time with infantile accusations of birtherism and then take on dual citizenship? What an idiot.

    May 9, 2012 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  18. wat

    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?"

    Why would the US go to war with Mexico or Israel?

    May 9, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  19. Balls McGhee

    i hope she moves, there, realizes how great socialism really is, and then comes back here as a liberal.

    May 9, 2012 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  20. David in Vancouver WA

    Can someone tell me how to put in a request for her deportation to Switzerland?

    May 9, 2012 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  21. maria

    She got dual citizenship so when Medicare goes bankrupt she can go to Europe for free medical care.

    May 9, 2012 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  22. Kali

    So, Mizz Bachmann is a Swiss citizen? Oh, can they keep her? Please, pretty please?

    May 9, 2012 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  23. no mas pantalones

    unAmerican.
    Literally.

    May 9, 2012 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  24. charles

    Swiss is the most socialist country in Europe.They have good schools,best universal health care,best pension, less crime etc Bachman after visiting several times has realised that after all some socialist people lives better than capitalists that's why she is running away from America.What a patriot.She has now pledge allegiance to another socialist communist country and still serving at the congress.Gop folks never ceases to amaze me. God bless America.

    May 9, 2012 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  25. Edwin

    Is this the same woman who advocated tests of loyalty for legislators in Congress? I doubt she even grasps how truly hypocritical she is...

    May 9, 2012 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
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