Bachmann: No longer neutral on Swiss citizenship
May 10th, 2012
04:14 PM ET
11 years ago

Bachmann: No longer neutral on Swiss citizenship

(CNN) - Michele Bachmann no longer wants to be Swiss, the Minnesota congresswoman announced Thursday, and has requested the Swiss government drop her dual citizenship.

Bachmann's spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday that she had recently been granted dual citizenship, for which she had been eligible since her 1978 marriage, but "recently some of their children wanted to exercise their eligibility for dual-citizenship so they went through the process as a family."

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But after the news had been public for less than 48 hours, she issued a Thursday afternoon follow-up: "Today I sent a letter to the Swiss Consulate requesting withdrawal of my dual Swiss citizenship."

"I took this action because I want to make it perfectly clear: I was born in America and I am a proud American citizen," Bachmann said in a statement. "I am, and always have been, 100 percent committed to our United States Constitution and the United States of America. As the daughter of an Air Force veteran, stepdaughter of an Army veteran and sister of a Navy veteran, I am proud of my allegiance to the greatest nation the world has ever known."

"Natural born" citizenship is one of the requirements for the presidency, an office Bachmann sought earlier this year.

Bachmann is of Norwegian ancestry and her husband is Swiss.

Millions of Americans have dual citizenship, and the U.S. State Department says dual nationals "owe allegiance to both the United States and the foreign country" and "are required to obey the laws of both countries."

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soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Namejkane sfl romneycare, l didnt mean it, its not my fault, ann made me do it ,im sorry conservaties, who needs romney care anyway, i dont

    Try somila where you share the same values ,you look like a illiagle allian or just an allian.

    May 10, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  2. Squigman

    Let's see now, does this make her a traitor? Oh no, not her. She's just trying to make sure her stupid face stays in the news. It's a pity to be this enthralled with one's self, that one's self makes all else puke.

    May 10, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  3. Glenn Lemke

    I thought she was a resident of Mars!

    May 10, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  4. ri heat

    maybe romney will pick bristal as his running mate. they would be a dynamic duo.

    May 10, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  5. sick of republican phonies

    Well, my 87 year-old mother, born in Switzerland,was very happy to see her withdraw her request.

    May 10, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  6. Core republican Values

    This is great news for the Swiss. But couldn't we pay them to take her? Don't they need a little more bigotry, hatred, and homophobia?

    May 10, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  7. Emerson

    Maybe she thought that she had to be Swiss citizen in order to open a Swiss bank account for all the money she is making from the jobs that she creates.

    May 10, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  8. Meadmaker

    I was hoping she would move.

    May 10, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  9. Nora

    Doesn't surprise me the kids would want to escape to Switzerland.

    May 10, 2012 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  10. Alexandre9013

    Did she plan on moving to legitimize her bank accounts over there?

    The children are automatically Swiss because they were fathered by a Swiss Male. All they had to do was to request passports from the Swiss Consulate.

    May 11, 2012 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
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