Bachmann: I've Been Swiss All Along
She says she became Swiss as soon as she married Marcus
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2012 8:05 AM CDT
Updated May 10, 2012 8:14 AM CDT
Michele Bachmann introduces Mitt Romney at a campaign stop in Portsmouth, Va, May 3, 2012.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – Michele Bachmann today tried to downplay the revelation that she'd become a Swiss citizen, saying she has actually been a Swiss citizen for 34 years, but just hadn't bothered to tell anyone. "I automatically became a dual citizen … in 1978 when I married my husband, Marcus. Marcus is a dual American and Swiss citizen because he is the son of Swiss immigrants," she said. "This is a non-story."

But that's only technically true, Politico says; Marcus didn't register their marriage with the Swiss government until this March, so it had no idea she or her children were citizens. Bachmann also stressed that she'd "never exercised any rights of that citizenship," and had "always pledged allegiance to our one nation under God, the United States of America."