Minnesota Congresswoman and former 2012 Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann officially became a citizen of Switzerland this week. By Thursday evening, however, she renounced her citizenship.
Since 1978, Michele Bachmann has been eligible to be a citizen of the nation of Switzerland because her husband is of Swiss descent. After more than three decades, Bachmann officially became a Swiss citizen. Her children also expressed their interest in maintaining dual-citizenship.
Bachmann downplayed the story, though; according to the Associated Press, because she says she automatically obtained dual-citizenship 34 years ago and the family just updated their papers. She later expressed that she is “proud to be an American.”
A photo was posted on Twitter Saturday of Bachmann posing with Geert Wilders, founder and leader of the Dutch Party of Freedom, the third largest political party in the Netherlands.
The former GOP presidential nominee is running for re-election in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, in which she has represented for three terms now.
After the announcement of her citizenship status made headlines and received much criticism from both liberals and conservatives, Bachmann issued a statement Thursday explaining that she withdrew her dual Swiss citizenship status because she is all American.
“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,” said Bachmann in an official statement.
“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.”
Digital Journal reported last week of Bachmann’s endorsement of presumptive Republican nominee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for president. During the GOP primaries, Bachmann started off strong but her campaign dwindled following a close Iowa straw poll victory with Texas Congressman Ron Paul.