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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
Replies (21-30):
shimamab
by on May. 9, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Uhhh, thanks for the clarification...I guess.

Quoting Abaco:

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.






mamivon2
by on May. 9, 2012 at 2:03 PM

I hope she speaks one of the 4 swiss languages there.. because as far as I know you have to take a test in either french, german or italian (4th one is romanish and not sure if you can take a test in that language).. 

oh and why do I know that.. Im swiss. so I know.. :)

sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on May. 9, 2012 at 2:05 PM

 How Patriotic!

Bon Voyage

She LOVES that SOCIALIST country with their UHC ;)

Quoting imamomzilla:

 Good for her!

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

 

 

Pema_Jampa
by 2HotTacoTini on May. 9, 2012 at 2:06 PM

What no test in American? LOL

Please don't tell me she speaks French. please oh please...

Quoting mamivon2:

I hope she speaks one of the 4 swiss languages there.. because as far as I know you have to take a test in either french, german or italian (4th one is romanish and not sure if you can take a test in that language).. 

oh and why do I know that.. Im swiss. so I know.. :)


sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on May. 9, 2012 at 2:06 PM

 More lies

produce eveidence..or admit your lying because on your irrational hatred of the POTUS

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.



 

sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on May. 9, 2012 at 2:07 PM

 Good question, on our Intelligence committed as welll....which is HILARIOUS on so many levels...but seriously...WTF?

Quoting grayhairgranny:

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?

 

mamivon2
by on May. 9, 2012 at 2:14 PM

 

http://live-in-switzerland.com/e/faq/citizenship.html

Quoting Pema_Jampa:

What no test in American? LOL

Please don't tell me she speaks French. please oh please...

Quoting mamivon2:

I hope she speaks one of the 4 swiss languages there.. because as far as I know you have to take a test in either french, german or italian (4th one is romanish and not sure if you can take a test in that language).. 

oh and why do I know that.. Im swiss. so I know.. :)



Abaco
by on May. 9, 2012 at 2:16 PM
1 mom liked this

You need a nap ?

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 More lies

produce eveidence..or admit your lying because on your irrational hatred of the POTUS

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.



 


nanaofsix531
by Platinum Member on May. 9, 2012 at 2:17 PM
1 mom liked this

LOL See ya.

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.




"You are aware that the frontal lobe of the cerebral cortex allows people the ability to store and recall past events as they occurred, right?"
sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on May. 9, 2012 at 2:19 PM

 No, I need the proof of your ridiculous lie....

or admit the truth behind it

When you leave the country you pretend to love, let us know

it will be a good day

Quoting Abaco:

You need a nap ?

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 More lies

produce eveidence..or admit your lying because on your irrational hatred of the POTUS

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.


 

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