Former White House hopeful Bachmann now Swiss citizen

Reuters News
Posted: May 09, 2012 1:02 PM
Former White House hopeful Bachmann now Swiss citizen

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.

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"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)