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Bachmann Withdraws Swiss Dual Citizenship

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Michele Bachmann, a Tea Party favorite in Congress, now says she is withdrawing her dual citizenship from Switzerland.

“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,” Bachmann, R-Minn., wrote in a statement Thursday afternoon. “I took this action because I want to make it perfectly clear: I was born in America and I am a proud American citizen.”

Bachmann, a former candidate in the Republican primaries for president, stated that she has always been “100 percent committed to our United States Constitution and the United States of America” and noted that as the relative of various military personnel, she is “proud of my allegiance to the greatest nation the world has ever known.”

Bachmann had issued a separate statement Wednesday insisting that she had only updated family documents and automatically received dual Swiss citizenship when she married her husband, Marcus, in 1978.

“This is a non-story,” she stated Wednesday when she confirmed she was a dual citizen. “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.”

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Occupy Protesters Arrested Outside Michele Bachmann Iowa Headquarters

ABC News(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- Ten people associated with Occupy protest movement were arrested outside the headquarters of GOP contender Michele Bachmann Saturday.

The protesters, who Bachmann suggested had come at the behest of President Obama, turned out moments before the Minnesota congresswoman was set to arrive to phone Iowans asking for their support in Tuesday’s first-in-the-nation caucus.

“The people outside are President Obama’s re-election advance team. That’s what you’re seeing outside. What they recognize is that I’m the greatest threat to Barack Obama’s re-election and I intend to be,” Bachmann told reporters after arriving at her offices.

According to spectators, there were a few dozen protests outside the building, located in strip mall here. Among those arrested were two teenagers, including a girl believed to be 14-years-old.

Bachmann, was set to make an entrance at the office by driving herself in the campaign’s large black pickup truck. When she received word about the protests she pulled into a parking lot nearby and waited.

When asked by ABC News why she was not making her way to headquarters, she replied from driver’s side of the truck: “We’re getting ready to go. They’re trying to get everyone assembled. We’ll be there in about a minute.”

Later she tried to outrun and shake ABC News and two print reporters who had followed the truck from an event in Des Moines, where she lunched with an undecided voter for a local television news piece.

Bachmann arrived at her headquarters, entering through a backdoor.

There, she was mobbed by volunteers – many of them students bused in from her out of state alma mater, Oral Roberts University – bypassing any residual protesters and police in the front of the building.

Protesters were also seen at the headquarters of contenders Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry.

Hundreds of protesters from across the country are expected to arrived in Des Moines on Jan. 3, the night of the caucus, to disrupt the candidates and caucus -going.

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Michele Bachmann Fifth GOP Candidate to Reject Trump Debate

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- Another one bites the dust.

Michele Bachmann has officially said “no” to the Donald Trump-moderated Newsmax debate scheduled for later this month.

“We have confirmed that we are not participating,” Bachmann spokeswoman Alice Stewart told ABC News on Thursday.

Bachmann has been especially aggressive in her courting of the real estate and reality television mogul, paying several personal visits to Trump Tower over the past few months in search of an endorsement.

So, this leaves just two candidates -- Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum -- who plan to show up at the Dec. 27 event in Des Moines.

Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman, Rick Perry, Ron Paul have all declined to attend. Perry became the latest to decline Trump’s invitation on Thursday.

The Perry campaign communication director, Ray Sullivan, said “traditional retail campaigning” was the Texas governor’s “top priority” in the closing weeks before the first nominating contests.

Bachmann’s spokeswoman declined to elaborate on why the Minnesota congresswoman decided not to attend.

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Bachmann Stirs Base, Pans Socialism in Speech

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama’s policies will strip the United States of its sovereignty and slip the country into socialism, GOP contender Rep. Michele Bachmann said Monday to a group of conservative activists.

In a speech titled  ”Core of Conviction,” which is also the title of Bachmann’s new book, scheduled for release Nov. 21, Bachmann found ways to work in the phrase, or something similar to it, no less than five times.

Invoking the states’ rights of the 10th Amendment and the morality of the 10th Commandment, Bachmann accused the president of legislating from the Oval Office and warned that “America needs to open its eyes.”

“The president’s economic policies, most notably ‘Obamacare,’ represent the most ambitious social-economic engineering project in the history of this country,” Bachmann said Monday at the Family Research Council.

Bachmann said the 10th Commandment, the biblical prohibition against coveting anything someone else has, underpins her opposition to the president’s health care proposal.

“The 10th Commandment teaches those shall not covet thy neighbor’s goods. It’s time to act on this self-evident truth.  …  America needs to open its eyes.  Look at Europe. Focus your attention on Greece.  Socialism is unsustainable.  There simply isn’t enough money to pay for all the wants of all the people.”

Though the United States has signed the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, it is one of only two countries; the other is Somalia, which has yet to ratify it. President Obama said he wants the Senate to ratify the treaty, but the agreement has long been held up by conservative groups like the Family Research Council. Those groups fear it supplants federal and state law with international law.

Calling the U.N. a “threat to the American family,” Bachmann said that if elected she would “withdraw the signature of the United States from this treaty and every other unratified U.N. treaty of this type.”

Bachmann made a point to reiterate her position on those social issues held dear by the Family Research Council – opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage.

“I am not confused by what it means to be 100 percent  pro-life.  I am both personally and publicly pro-life.  I believe it is the role of government to protect life from conception to natural death.  I’ll never be confused about that issue, and you won’t find You.Tube clips with me advocating otherwise.  For starters, Planned Parenthood will be zeroed out if I am president.”

Bachmann said she fully supported an amendment to the Constitution that would define marriage as between a man and a woman.

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5 GOP Candidates Make Their Pitches Ahead of Iowa Caucuses

Scott Olson/Getty Images(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- Two months before voters will cast the first votes in Iowa for the Republican primary season, five presidential candidates sought to appeal to Iowans, who could give one of them a critical boost on Jan.3, 2012.

They carried a vehemently anti-Washington message to nearly 1,000 Republican elected officials, operatives and activists who gathered at a fundraising dinner organized by the Iowa Republican Party on Friday night.

"It's like we're in a canoe coming up to the very edge of Niagara Falls, and it's like the river is moving faster right now," said presidential candidate Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, describing the situation in Washington.  "We’re living in a theater of the absurd."

Bachmann, whose hopes of winning the Republican presidential nomination are likely to turn on her performance at the caucuses, was one of several candidates who lashed out at President Obama for presiding over a ballooning national debt.

"We are tripping the wire," she said. "It looks like right at $15 trillion – breathtaking, stunning."

Bachmann's rival, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who also spoke at Friday night's dinner, took the opportunity to acknowledge the quality of his opponents.

"Every one of them would do a heck of a lot better job than what we've got in the White House right now," he said, joking that even though they are running against each other, they'e all involved in "a project called Operation Occupy the White House."

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich praised his fellow candidates.

"This is a great group," Gingrich said, adding that on Jan. 3, Iowa voters could help launch "the most substantive candidacy in modern times." (He, of course, meant his own.)

A recent Des Moines Register poll suggested that businessman Herman Cain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are the top contenders to win the Iowa caucuses, but neither of the two candidates showed up at the annual Ronald Reagan Dinner at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines, Iowa.

Romney plans to return to the Hawkeye State on Monday for two public events in Dubuque, Iowa, and Davenport, Iowa.

His son, Josh Romney, was in the audience on Friday night. The younger Romney campaigned in Eastern Iowa earlier in the day.

Top Iowa officials with Cain's campaign handed out bumper stickers, buttons and campaign literature to potential supporters.

"Sixty days from right now, we start the process of choosing Barack Obama's Republican successor and it starts here in Iowa," Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn told the gathering.

"Sixty days folks, 60 days," he said. "Every minute counts."

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John Quincy Adams a Founding Father? Michele Bachmann Says 'Yes'

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who officially declared her run for the presidency Monday, appeared Tuesday on ABC’s Good Morning America, and was asked about some of her past statements that caused FOX News Channel’s Chris Wallace to ask if she is a “flake” and the Pulitzer-Prize winning website Politifact to find that Bachmann has made more false statements than any of the other GOP contenders.

“I wondered if you wanted to take a chance to clear up some of your past statements,” GMA anchor George Stephanopoulos said. “For example, earlier this year you said that the Founding Fathers who wrote the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence worked tirelessly to end slavery. Now with respect Congresswoman, that’s just not true. Many of them including Jefferson and Washington were actually slave holders and slavery didn’t end until the Civil War.”

Bachmann responded: “Well you know what’s marvelous is that in this country and under our constitution, we have the ability when we recognize that something is wrong to change it. And that’s what we did in our country. We changed it. We no longer have slavery. That’s a good thing. And what our Constitution has done for our nation is to give us the basis of freedom unparalleled in the rest of the world.”

Stephanopoulos agreed, but challenged Bachmann: “that’s not what you said. You said that the Founding Fathers worked tirelessly to end slavery."

“Well if you look at one of our Founding Fathers, John Quincy Adams, that’s absolutely true. He was a very young boy when he was with his father serving essentially as his father’s secretary. He tirelessly worked throughout his life to make sure that we did in fact one day eradicate slavery --” Bachmann said, before Stephanopoulos cut her off.

“He wasn’t one of the Founding Fathers,” Stephanopoulos said. “He was a president, he was a Secretary of State, he was a member of Congress. You’re right, he did work to end slavery decades later. But, so you are standing by this comment that the Founding Fathers worked tirelessly to end slavery?”

“Well, John Quincy Adams most certainly was a part of the Revolutionary War era. He was a young boy but he was actively involved,” Bachmann said.

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Michele Bachmann Announces Presidential Run at GOP Debate

Pixland/Thinkstock(GOFFSTOWN, N.H.) -- Rep. Michele Bachmann used the opening seconds of Monday night's first Republican debate to make news: She's officially seeking the GOP presidential nomination.

The Minnesota congresswoman was invited to the debate as an undeclared candidate despite ample evidence that she was planning a White House bid, and used the first question posed to her to announce she had officially filed to run.

"I filed today my paperwork to seek the office of the presidency," she said in response to a question about job growth.

Bachmann, who has said she would announce her decision in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa, later this month, added that an official kickoff is still to come.

"Our country needs a leader who understands the hardships that people across America have been facing over the past few years, and who will do what it takes to renew the American dream. We must become a strong and proud America again, and I see clearly a better path to a brighter future," said Bachmann.

"For these reasons, earlier this evening I instructed my team to file the necessary paperwork to allow me to seek the office of President of the United States."

In a statement emailed soon after her announcement, Bachmann's team said the official declaration would come in the "coming weeks" and that the congresswoman had suspended her congressional campaign.

Bachmann, head of the House Tea Party Caucus, has made a name for herself among the GOP's activist grassroots wing. Those supporters have contributed millions of dollars to her campaign in small donations.

In 2010 she raised $13.5 million in the most expensive congressional race in history.

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Bachmann: 'My Joy Would Be to Debate President Obama'

ABC/Donna Svennevik(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Michele Bachmann will make repealing President Obama's healthcare legislation the principle platform of her presidential campaign if she decides to run, she told supporters Tuesday evening.

"If I choose to run for president it will be my signature issue to repeal Obamacare," Bachmann, R- Minn., said in a conference call organized by GOPAC, a political organization that supports Republican candidates.

Bachmann called the Obama plan, which seeks universal coverage by requiring all citizens to purchase health insurance, the first step towards "socialism."

"I believe Obamacare is a down payment on socialized medicine," she said, "and socialized medicine is the crown jewel of socialism."

Still coy about whether she will ultimately decide to run for president, Bachmann hinted at the direction in which she was leaning: "My joy would be take him on in a debate," she told the conservative activists.

"My commitment is to undo Obamacare; my commitment is to undo the damage this president has done in one way or another," she said.

Bachmann has yet to announce whether she will race for the White House, but plans to make her intentions known next month in her birthplace, Waterloo, Iowa.

"Stay tuned, you'll hear something soon," she said.

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Michelle Bachmann to Announce Presidential Candidacy in Waterloo, Iowa

ABC/Donna Svennevi(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn.,  will announce her plans for a presidential campaign next month in Waterloo, Iowa, the town where she was born, she told reporters Thursday night.

Bachmann was scheduled to speak at a GOP dinner Thursday evening in Des Moines but chose to remain in Washington to vote on anti-terror legislation. She spoke to the reporters gathered in Iowa via speaker phone and delivered a video message to the dinner attendants.

Reportedly, Bachmann said she could still decide not to run in 2012 but was confident about making a go of it. For weeks, Bachmann, a Tea Party favorite, has said she would announce her decision in June. She did not indicate on which day next month she will visit Waterloo.

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Michele Bachmann Outraises Mitt Romney for First 3 Months of 2011

Bachmann dot house dot gov(WASHINGTON) -- The first quarter fundraising period ended on March 31.  Reports aren’t officially due to the FEC until April 15, but some candidates are already starting to leak their fundraising totals.
There’s a good reason why Michele Bachmann leaked her numbers. She outraised frontrunner Mitt Romney -- $2.2M million to $1.9 million. But, it’s important to compare apples to apples. Neither candidate has set up a presidential campaign, but both have set up PAC’s that allow them to pay staff, travel and contribute to local candidates.
According to the Romney campaign, the ex-Gov’s PAC, Free and Strong America, raised $1.9 million. The Bachmann team says she raised $500,000 for MICHELE PAC.
Where Bachmann raised the bulk of her funds -- $1.7 million -- was for her House campaign account.  She can transfer that money to a presidential bid.
Looking back to 2007, in the first quarter of that year Mitt Romney outraised the then-frontrunner John McCain, $23 million to $13 million.

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