Former White House hopeful Bachmann now Swiss citizen

WASHINGTON Wed May 9, 2012 7:13pm EDT

Congressman Michele Bachmann (L) speaks next to U.S. Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney during a rally at Crofton Industries in Portsmouth, Virginia May 3, 2012. REUTERS/Mark Makela

Congressman Michele Bachmann (L) speaks next to U.S. Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney during a rally at Crofton Industries in Portsmouth, Virginia May 3, 2012.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann, a former White House hopeful and a favorite of the conservative Tea Party movement, has a new political option: she can run for office in Switzerland.

Bachmann, whose husband is Swiss, recently activated her right to become a dual U.S.-Swiss citizen along with three of their five children.

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

A spokesman at the Swiss embassy said Bachmann had activated that citizenship in March.

In an interview with Swiss television, Bachmann - who pulled out of the race in January for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination - laughed when asked if she would run for office in Switzerland.

"There's a lot of competition ... and it would be very stiff because they are very good," she said.

(Reporting by Deborah Charles; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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Comments (6)
bobber1956 wrote:
Just what we did not need and were very fortunate to avoid. Someone with such divided loyalties in the White House. We are already dealing with that-for now. We will correct that in Novemeber.

May 09, 2012 1:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JohnH2744 wrote:
Switzerland has universal healthcare, I think her children have more sense than their parents.

May 09, 2012 1:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mjp1958 wrote:
Wonderful. Now if she can just talk her friend Mitt Romney into becoming a citizen of the Cayman Islands, where he does his banking, and moving there — America can get moving Forward again.

May 09, 2012 2:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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