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#437617 05/10/12 08:05 AM
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I've heard many a US citizen express concern over the consequences of becoming a "dual citizen".
Perhaps the article below (BBC yesterday) will put some concerns to rest ---

Representative Michele Bachmann becomes a Swiss citizen

Minnesota congresswoman and former US presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is now a citizen of Switzerland.

Mrs Bachmann, 55, is eligible for dual citizenship through her husband, who is of Swiss descent, a spokeswoman said.

A three-term Republican, Mrs Bachmann went through the process with her family when some of her children wanted to become dual citizens.

Mrs Bachmann, who herself has Norwegian ancestry, is now eligible to hold office in Switzerland.

When asked about running a campaign in Switzerland by Swiss national television, Mrs Bachmann joked that the competition "would be very stiff", referring to the Swiss parliamentarians she was meeting with on Tuesday.

While Mrs Bachmann is now registered in the canton of Thurgau in northeast Switzerland, she told Swiss TV she enjoyed visiting all different parts of the country.

"It's tough to find a place not to like in Switzerland," she said.

The Minnesota congresswoman ran for the Republican presidential nomination, but dropped out early in 2012 when she came sixth in the Iowa caucus.

As a presidential candidate she was the outspoken favourite of the Tea Party movement. Her blend of evangelical Christian social conservatism and fierce anti-tax rhetoric propelled her to the top tier of the Republican primary race in the summer of 2011.

She is now campaigning for another term in Congress representing Minnesota.

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Just think she could be president in 2 countries at the same time.

ron #437677 05/10/12 03:35 PM
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Originally Posted by ron
Just think she could be president in 2 countries at the same time.

But thankfully not this one!

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"U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is a Swiss citizen no more.

The Republican Congresswoman said she sent a letter to the Swiss Consulate on Thursday, May 10, asking to withdraw her dual citizenship. Bachmann became eligible for citizenship in 1978 when she married her husband, whose parents are from Switzerland. She didn't apply for citizenship until this year.

"I took this action because I want to make it perfectly clear: I was born in America and I am a proud American citizen," Bachmann said of her latest move in a statement. "I am, and always have been, 100 percent committed to our United States Constitution and the United States of America."

Damn! I was so hoping she would leave our state AND the country.

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Originally Posted by chunkyruth

Damn! I was so hoping she would leave our state AND the country.

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I don't think she has the intelligence to comprehend the intricacies and consequences. Actually I'm pretty sure she doesn't know the meaning of those words.

SimonB #437714 05/11/12 12:03 AM
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I'm pretty sure you are right, Simon.

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Whiplash of the mind .......

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