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Michele Bachmann claims Swiss citizenship

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Rep. Michele Bachmann is now officially a Swiss miss.

Bachmann (R-Minn.) recently became a citizen of Switzerland, making her eligible to run for office in the tiny European nation, according to a Swiss TV report Tuesday.



Arthur Honegger, a reporter for public broadcaster Schweizer Fernsehen, told POLITICO the Swiss consulate in Chicago has confirmed that the former Republican presidential candidate became a citizen March 19.

The Swiss consulate in Chicago covers the state of Minnesota, which Bachmann represents.

Marcus Bachmann, the congresswoman’s husband since 1978, reportedly was eligible for Swiss citizenship due to his parents’ nationality — but only registered it with the Swiss government Feb. 15. Once the process was finalized on March 19, Michele automatically became a citizen as well, according to Honegger.

(ALSO ON POLITICO: Marcus Bachmann becomes sideshow)

Bachmann’s three youngest children are also now Swiss citizens, and her two older children are eligible to apply for a fast-track citizenship process, according to an email from the consulate provided and translated by Honegger.

Bachmann’s office confirmed that the congresswoman had received Swiss citizenship, and attributed the decision to her children.

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

The Minnesota congresswoman was interviewed by Swiss national public television in D.C. on Tuesday while with a group of Swiss parliamentarians.

“My husband is a 100 percent Swiss, and his parents were raised in Switzerland, they were married there, they came to the United States, they bought a farm in Wisconsin and raised their three sons there,” said Bachmann.

Asked if she would run for office in Switzerland — as she is now eligible to do — Bachmann joked that the competition “would be very stiff because they are very good,” referring to the parliamentarians behind her.

Each Swiss citizen belongs specifically to a canton, and Bachmann’s is the canton of Thurgau in Northeast Switzerland.

“It’s tough to find a place not to like in Switzerland,” said Bachmann.

The Minnesota congresswoman ran for president this election cycle, and won the Ames straw poll last year, but a sixth-place showing in the Iowa caucuses led to her dropping out.

Bachmann’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Swiss consulate in Chicago was closed when contacted by POLITICO.



Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0512/76072.html#ixzz1uLdsyLNM
by on May. 9, 2012 at 1:38 AM
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imamomzilla
by on May. 9, 2012 at 12:24 PM
1 mom liked this

 As do you, Iga.

Being able to admit the problem is the first step in recovery.

girl giving flower

Quoting lga1965:

 Haha. I don't "hate" anyone. But I am laughing at you!!! Zilla, you crack me up!

Quoting imamomzilla:

 

LOL.*eye roll

Way to make sweeping generalizations and put words into my mouth.

Perhaps you should put down the laundry basket and do some research. Switzerland is NOT a Socialist country....it is a Democracy composed of a diverse political landscape.

Please do not lecture and spout off about moral superiority when you know nothing of it.

Iga, why must you wear that hate like a badge of honor?? *smh Your rudeness if very offensive.

Quoting lga1965:

 

Quoting imamomzilla:

 Good for her!

Smart people with the financial means are considering fleeing America before it becomes the next Greece.

 

 

Flee to where? I thought you guys don't trust Europe and you said that there are cesspools of socialists there. And of course you say there are bad people in the Latin American countries, trying to sneak over our borders and the Scandinavian countries have socialism and share the wealth ,universal health care and high taxes and the Middle east and Russia and China are all filled with communists or Marxists or killer Muslims.....gee, where WOULD you go to escape the fate of the USA?They are probably quite Socialistic in Switzerland too since it IS part of Europe, just to the south of Germany,next to Italy......

Gve it up---real Americans are not going to bolt for a "better country" because there isn't any.

 

 

 

grayhairgranny
by New Member on May. 9, 2012 at 12:56 PM

I have a question that maybe someone can explain to me....  The Department of State says that 

"a person who acquires a foreign citizenship by applying for it may lose U.S. citizenship. In order to lose U.S. citizenship, the law requires that the person must apply for the foreign citizenship voluntarily, by free choice, and with the intention to give up U.S. citizenship."

travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1753.html

Does this make her ineligible to hold public office, since she has formed a allegiance with a foreign country?

Pema_Jampa
by 2HotTacoTini on May. 9, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Don't forget she is also part of the intelligence committee. Very strange

Abaco
by Gold Member on May. 9, 2012 at 1:13 PM
1 mom liked this

New Zealand is looking pretty good.

Pema_Jampa
by 2HotTacoTini on May. 9, 2012 at 1:44 PM

New zealand has universal healthcare. Socialists? giggle

How do I pay for my healthcare in New Zealand? 
New Zealand's healthcare system is funded mainly through general taxation. Treatments are usually free or subsidised. Medical treatment is generally very good. Private healthcare is also available. 

Quoting Abaco:

New Zealand is looking pretty good.


Abaco
by Gold Member on May. 9, 2012 at 1:49 PM
1 mom liked this

We know.....but I'll tell you. If BO remains in the White House.....won't say re-elected because I know it won't be a legitmate election....just like the last one. Europe, Austrailia, New Zealand will be looking pretty good.  Right now America is the best place to be in....but if BO remains it wont be for long.

Quoting Pema_Jampa:

New zealand has universal healthcare. Socialists? giggle

How do I pay for my healthcare in New Zealand? 
New Zealand's healthcare system is funded mainly through general taxation. Treatments are usually free or subsidised. Medical treatment is generally very good. Private healthcare is also available. 

Quoting Abaco:

New Zealand is looking pretty good.



shimamab
by on May. 9, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Illegitimate election?

Quoting Abaco:

We know.....but I'll tell you. If BO remains in the White House.....won't say re-elected because I know it won't be a legitmate election....just like the last one. Europe, Austrailia, New Zealand will be looking pretty good.  Right now America is the best place to be in....but if BO remains it wont be for long.

Quoting Pema_Jampa:

New zealand has universal healthcare. Socialists? giggle

How do I pay for my healthcare in New Zealand? 
New Zealand's healthcare system is funded mainly through general taxation. Treatments are usually free or subsidised. Medical treatment is generally very good. Private healthcare is also available. 

Quoting Abaco:

New Zealand is looking pretty good.




Pema_Jampa
by 2HotTacoTini on May. 9, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Well I'm sure you know my choice in Europe by now. Have you ever been? I spent 5 years living in Belgium. I have to say it was the most wonderful place I have ever lived. The churches are just gorgeous. Really something to experience once in your lifetime. 

We went skiing in Switzerland. Just beautiful. The people were so nice and just walking the cobblestone streets in the snow. Sigh...

Spain was fun. I did get sick there tho. Most people do because the water is different. 

France one of my most favorites. 

I didn't want to go to Hungary but had to. I ended up loving it. 

Germany wasn't so much my thing. People a little less welcoming. The food meh. 

Austria was better but still got the unfriendly vibe.


Quoting Abaco:

We know.....but I'll tell you. If BO remains in the White House.....won't say re-elected because I know it won't be a legitmate election....just like the last one. Europe, Austrailia, New Zealand will be looking pretty good.  Right now America is the best place to be in....but if BO remains it wont be for long.

Quoting Pema_Jampa:

New zealand has universal healthcare. Socialists? giggle

How do I pay for my healthcare in New Zealand? 
New Zealand's healthcare system is funded mainly through general taxation. Treatments are usually free or subsidised. Medical treatment is generally very good. Private healthcare is also available. 

Quoting Abaco:

New Zealand is looking pretty good.




Abaco
by Gold Member on May. 9, 2012 at 1:58 PM

yes...........

Quoting shimamab:

Illegitimate election?

Quoting Abaco:

We know.....but I'll tell you. If BO remains in the White House.....won't say re-elected because I know it won't be a legitmate election....just like the last one. Europe, Austrailia, New Zealand will be looking pretty good.  Right now America is the best place to be in....but if BO remains it wont be for long.

Quoting Pema_Jampa:

New zealand has universal healthcare. Socialists? giggle

How do I pay for my healthcare in New Zealand? 
New Zealand's healthcare system is funded mainly through general taxation. Treatments are usually free or subsidised. Medical treatment is generally very good. Private healthcare is also available. 

Quoting Abaco:

New Zealand is looking pretty good.





Abaco
by Gold Member on May. 9, 2012 at 2:00 PM

No....never been overseas : ( except to the Abaco Islands.

Quoting Pema_Jampa:

Well I'm sure you know my choice in Europe by now. Have you ever been? I spent 5 years living in Belgium. I have to say it was the most wonderful place I have ever lived. The churches are just gorgeous. Really something to experience once in your lifetime. 

We went skiing in Switzerland. Just beautiful. The people were so nice and just walking the cobblestone streets in the snow. Sigh...

Spain was fun. I did get sick there tho. Most people do because the water is different. 

France one of my most favorites. 

I didn't want to go to Hungary but had to. I ended up loving it. 

Germany wasn't so much my thing. People a little less welcoming. The food meh. 

Austria was better but still got the unfriendly vibe.


Quoting Abaco:

We know.....but I'll tell you. If BO remains in the White House.....won't say re-elected because I know it won't be a legitmate election....just like the last one. Europe, Austrailia, New Zealand will be looking pretty good.  Right now America is the best place to be in....but if BO remains it wont be for long.

Quoting Pema_Jampa:

New zealand has universal healthcare. Socialists? giggle

How do I pay for my healthcare in New Zealand? 
New Zealand's healthcare system is funded mainly through general taxation. Treatments are usually free or subsidised. Medical treatment is generally very good. Private healthcare is also available. 

Quoting Abaco:

New Zealand is looking pretty good.





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