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Michele Bachmann: No Longer a Swiss Citizen

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann.
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For not-quite-two glorious days, the media basked in the knowledge that Michele Bachmann was a Swiss citizen and had been since March when her husband recieved his dual citizenship. This not only provided fodder for clever Daily Intel commenters to make jokes about how the Swiss are importing their cuckoos, it meant that Bachmann owed a certain fealty to a government that doesn’t believe in war and does believe in socialized medicine. No more. The congresswoman has issued a statement renouncing her involvement with Switzerland.

Today I sent a letter to the Swiss Consulate requesting withdrawal of my dual Swiss citizenship, which was conferred upon me by operation of Swiss law when I married my husband in 1978. I took this action because I want to make it perfectly clear: I was born in America and I am a proud American citizen. 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.

It’s almost as if the whole thing — spurred by jovial press conferences Bachmann gave — was a publicity stunt meant to remind us that (a) she exists and (b) loves America!

Michele Bachmann: No Longer a Swiss Citizen