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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. 10, 2012 at 10:58 AM

 Bumping for PROOF

sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on May. 10, 2012 at 11:22 AM

 

Michele Bachmann Downplays Swiss Citizenship

 

Michele Bachmann Swiss

Michele Bachmann has been a Swiss citizen ever since 1978, she says now, following reports that she just recently exercised her eligibility for dual-citizenship.

Bachmann said in a statement:

"This is a non-story. I automatically became a dual citizen of the United States and Switzerland in 1978 when I married my husband, Marcus. Marcus is a dual American and Swiss citizen because he is the son of Swiss immigrants. As a family, we just recently updated our documents.

"I am proud of my husband, Marcus, the love of my life, and his Swiss heritage. Even though I have been a dual citizen since I was married in 1978, I have never exercised any rights of that citizenship. Rather, I have always pledged allegiance to our one nation under God, the United States of America. We live in the greatest nation humankind has ever known and I am proud to be an American."

 

Even though Bachmann claims she has known she was a Swiss citizen for decades, she failed to disclose her dual citizenship during her presidential campaign.

"It wasn't necessary to disclose, because she is an American citizen and always has been. She has a United States birth certificate and a United States passport," Bachmann spokesperson Becky Rogness told Politico.

On Tuesday, Bachmann's office confirmed that she had just recently been granted dual citizenship.

"Congresswoman Bachmann's husband is of Swiss descent so she has been eligible for dual-citizenship since they got married in 1978," 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."

Below, a look back at some of Bachmann's most unforgettable and questionable remarks:

imamomzilla
by on May. 10, 2012 at 11:31 AM

 D'oh!

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 

Michele Bachmann Downplays Swiss Citizenship

 

Michele Bachmann Swiss

Michele Bachmann has been a Swiss citizen ever since 1978, she says now, following reports that she just recently exercised her eligibility for dual-citizenship.

Bachmann said in a statement:

"This is a non-story. I automatically became a dual citizen of the United States and Switzerland in 1978 when I married my husband, Marcus. Marcus is a dual American and Swiss citizen because he is the son of Swiss immigrants. As a family, we just recently updated our documents.

"I am proud of my husband, Marcus, the love of my life, and his Swiss heritage. Even though I have been a dual citizen since I was married in 1978, I have never exercised any rights of that citizenship. Rather, I have always pledged allegiance to our one nation under God, the United States of America. We live in the greatest nation humankind has ever known and I am proud to be an American."

 

Even though Bachmann claims she has known she was a Swiss citizen for decades, she failed to disclose her dual citizenship during her presidential campaign.

"It wasn't necessary to disclose, because she is an American citizen and always has been. She has a United States birth certificate and a United States passport," Bachmann spokesperson Becky Rogness told Politico.

On Tuesday, Bachmann's office confirmed that she had just recently been granted dual citizenship.

"Congresswoman Bachmann's husband is of Swiss descent so she has been eligible for dual-citizenship since they got married in 1978," 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."

Below, a look back at some of Bachmann's most unforgettable and questionable remarks:

 

Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on May. 10, 2012 at 11:32 AM

So does my mom, and she's not going to be the POTUS either-

_Kissy_
by on May. 10, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Hope she enjoys living in one of the greatest socialist countries in the world
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sugarsmom2
by Member on May. 10, 2012 at 6:57 PM

amercia is the best . nothing beats her . number one in personal freedom . what other country has the rights that we have . count your blessing think how wonderful it is . fight for your rights dont allow others to shit upon your freedoms .

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