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Michele Bachmann withdraws Swiss citizenship

Rep. Michele Bachmann is giving up her Swiss citizenship.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann intends to withdraw her dual citizenship in Switzerland, she said in a statement.

Bachmann says she sent a letter to the Swiss consulate in Chicago asking for her citizenship to be withdrawn. She said she did so to make clear her loyalty to the United States.

“I took this action because I want to make it perfectly clear: I was born in America and I am a proud American citizen,” she 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.”

Bachmann announced her dual Swiss citizenship earlier this week while talking to a Swiss television reporter. She later said she had automatically received citizenship under Swiss law when she married her husband, Marcus, in 1978. Marcus Bachmann is the son of Swiss immigrants. 

Bachmann said she and her family recently updated their documents with the Swiss government, but that she “never exercised any rights of that citizenship.”

The third-term Republican from Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District is seeking re-election to her House seat after waging a failed bid for the Republican presidential nomination. She sits on the House Select Committee on Intelligence.

Jim Graves, Bachmann’s DFL opponent in November, had issued a statement calling the issue a “distraction.”

“The Graves family is not interested in dual citizenship, and they are proud to be Americans,” his spokesman said in a statement. “Jim Graves is in the business of creating economic opportunity.”

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Comments (15)

  1. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 05/10/2012 - 03:07 pm.

    Really now, how DID she think her die-hard supporters would be supportive of her Swiss citizenship?

    You can’t disparage Europeans and their ways of life and governing and depict Europe as a godless, socialist hellhole as a regular red-meat meal for her fans, and then say you want the advantages that a European citizenship gives you and your family.

    It’s a bridge too far, especially in the middle of a presidential bid.

    Try to have the spinners recast that.

    Kiss that VP spot goodbye.

  2. Submitted by Mark Stromseth on 05/10/2012 - 03:08 pm.

    That’s Our Gal…

    The fact that she had to issue a “statement” for the press just proves conclusively what the sane and rational people have always known: she’s a fame whore.

    Equally delusional is her grandiose assertion that the U.S. is the greatest nation the world has ever known.

  3. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 05/10/2012 - 03:28 pm.

    She still has problems

    Pandering for votes during her presidential campaign she proclaimed she was an Iowa woman. I guess she just happens to run for office in Minnesota. I’d be happy if Iowa or Switzerland claimed her. She has zero accomplishments other than spotlight seeking. Even she listed her accomplishment as a light bulb bill. She needs to find something to do she is qualified for. It definitely isn’t as a representative.

    • Submitted by Phillip Hankland on 05/10/2012 - 06:37 pm.

      Michelle Bachmann

      You are absolutely right, she probably is a great mother, being that she has all those adopted children and God Bless her for giving them a home, I personally think she should get out of politics, and be a stay at home mom, she probably excels in this field, and just think she could give us all a break from her incesent bantering with her run away mouth!

  4. Submitted by Mac Riddel on 05/10/2012 - 03:40 pm.

    Look! She got her name in the news!

    Pathetic Publicity Stunt Status: Complete

  5. Submitted by Hiram Foster on 05/10/2012 - 04:09 pm.

    Swiss citizenship

    It’s hard to know what to make of this story. In all likelihood, Mrs. Bachmann did not become a Swiss citizenship upon her marriage. I don’t know what documents she could have updated relevant to his issue. I look forward to hearing more.

  6. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 05/10/2012 - 04:33 pm.

    How come Michelle doesn’t want to be an American anymore?

    Why does she hate this country so much? I think there should be some sort of investigation. Sounds like Treason to me. How do you run for President, then turn around and renounce your citizenship? Maybe she just admires a country that requires all of its citizens to buy health insurance.

  7. Submitted by Steve Titterud on 05/10/2012 - 05:19 pm.

    From – Swiss citizenship via marriage

    Bachmann’s claim that it happens “automatically” certainly appears to be false, according to this site, whose header says “Federal Department of Foreign Affairs”. You must APPLY, pay a fee, and meet certain conditions and requirements.

    Here’s what it says in regard to foreigners becoming citizens through marrying a Swiss citizen.

    “Foreigners married to Swiss citizens can apply for facilitated naturalisation. You must have been in a stable marriage for at least three years, and have lived in Switzerland for a total of five years. The last 12 months must have been spent entirely in Switzerland. Like all applicants, foreign spouses must show that they are well integrated into the Swiss way of life.

    The initial application is examined by the Federal Office for Migration, but both the canton and commune of residence have their own requirements. The fee payable also varies according to the place of residence.

    The final decision is taken by the commune in which you are resident. In some places this decision is taken by a panel, in others by a popular vote of all citizens of the commune.”

    • Submitted by Neal Rovick on 05/11/2012 - 07:50 am.

      Fabulous !!

      She would have to live in Switzerland for up to five years?

      • Submitted by Rachel Kahler on 05/11/2012 - 09:32 am.

        Think of the Swiss

        They might not find it fabulous. In any case, I’d be curious to know if these same rules were in effect when she got married. I’m inclined to believe she’s (grossly) mistaken, but I’d rather be justified in it.

      • Submitted by Phillip Hankland on 05/11/2012 - 11:45 am.

        5 Years in Switzerland,

        Whatma dream come true for us here in the states…
        And for Michelle such beauty in the Alps…
        Like Heaven itself, for both her and us!,


  8. Submitted by Phillip Hankland on 05/10/2012 - 06:33 pm.

    Michelle O’Bachmann

    There is no need for her to back down on her dual citizenship at all!
    Switzerland is a beautiful country, to have dual citizenship is fine.
    However, this just proves how her mind works, she wiggles and squirms just to be in the public eye, and then follows whatever fame will bring her, why didn’t she just keep her ever ranting mouth shut and just do it?
    She is a very iraadic, unstable person, and should not be representing any of us in this country.

  9. Submitted by Jonathan Wagner on 05/10/2012 - 10:53 pm.

    Not a surprise

    Ms. Bachmann is unapologetically a Politician. A cheerleader that no longer brings cheer no matter what she says because she has said “whatever-it-takes” for her to win. The team is of little consequence anymore; She doesn’t need the band, she doesn’t need the crowd (too much of a distraction, heck-ya, she’ll win this one and every event from now on without the team). Just keep sending the cash with a note attached saying- “We love you M! We love all the horribly good things you say! It helps to distract everyone even though we’ve already lost.The check is in the mail, we’re counting on you! Just keep believing whatever you’re believing, -You can still be our Homecoming Queen!” Does anybody know how she got a seat on the Intelligence Committee? Has anybody got a box of tissues big enough for Minnesota and its Sixth Congressional District? I suppose the ballot box might suffice, but will she figure out how to get off the stage?

  10. Submitted by Frank Bowden on 05/11/2012 - 10:53 am.

    Swiss financial services

    Ms. Bachmann is also on the House Committee of Financial Services. I wonder why she wanted to be on that committee. Besides its world-leading watch industry, doesn’t Switzerland provide a wide range of financial services….?

  11. Submitted by Randall Ryder on 05/17/2012 - 09:42 pm.


    Can someone list Bachmann’s accomplishments as a congresswoman? Or, can anyone testify to how she has helped constituents who are in need of assistance with such matters as Social Security, Medicare, assistance to veterans, etc.? I have never read anything that would suggest she has represented the people of the 6 th District. I can, however, list many things she has done to promote herself through her position as a congresswoman.

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