WASHINGTON - Former Republican White House candidate Michele Bachmann sought to withdraw her Swiss citizenship on Thursday and dismissed any questions about her allegiance to the United States.

Bachmann, a US representative from Minnesota and a favorite of the conservative Tea Party movement, became eligible for dual US-Swiss citizenship in 1978 when she married her husband, who is Swiss.

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She activated that right because three of their five children wanted to do so and they went through the process as a family, a spokeswoman said.


A spokesman at the Swiss Embassy said Bachmann had activated that citizenship in March.

Bachmann, who pulled out of the presidential race in January, said in a statement on Thursday that she had written to the Swiss Consulate asking to withdraw the dual status.

"I took this action because I want to make it perfectly clear: I was born in America and I am a proud American citizen," she said.