Rep. Michele Bachmann Gives Up Swiss Citizenship

Former GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann announced Thursday that she has asked the Swiss Consulate to withdraw her Swiss citizenship. The Minnesota Congresswoman is married to the son of Swiss-born parents. Earlier this year, the couple formally registered for dual citizenship.

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Here's an update on a member of Congress who became a multinational person. As we reported yesterday, former Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is Swiss. She became a dual citizen of Switzerland and the U.S. through her husband, Marcus Bachmann, whose parents are Swiss and who recently claimed his Swiss citizenship.

Initially, Congresswoman Bachmann of Minnesota joked she'd have a lot of competition if she ran for office in Switzerland, which she's eligible to do now. But yesterday she wasn't joking. In a statement she now says she is asking for her dual citizenship to be withdrawn, saying she is 100 percent committed to America.

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