No Swiss Family Bachmann for Michele, After All

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On Wednesday she said it was a "non-story" but on Thursday, Michele Bachmann's office said the congresswoman had written to the Swiss Consulate to withdraw her dual Swiss citizenship, so it must have been some kind of story, right?

From the statement she gave announcing she would go back to one passport, it seems Bachmann was nervous about being perceived as somehow less American: "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."

That's certainly a different tone than she took in a statement Wednesday when the news of Bachmann's dual Swiss citizenship came out: "This is a non-story. I automatically became a dual citizen of the United States and Switzerland in 1978 when I married my husband, Marcus. Marcus is a dual American and Swiss citizen because he is the son of Swiss immigrants. As a family, we just recently updated our documents."

What's still unclear is how that Swiss citizenship made her any less of an American, and whether she'll even be successful in persuading Switzerland to drop her as a citizen. But that's for Bachmann and the bureaucrats to work out.

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