COSTA MESA — Though she drew a fraction of Texas Gov. Rick Perry's crowd in Newport Beach last week, Rep. Michele Bachmann's supporters showed no signs of losing faith at the Orange County Fairgrounds on Friday.
About 150 to 200 supporters came to hear the Minnesota Republican stump for the GOP nomination for president.
"We are ready to take our country back in 2012!" Bachmann cried.
The "tea party" favorite immediately went on the offensive against President Obama, and the government's $535-million contract with the now-defunct energy company Solyndra.
Bachmann got cheers when she pledged to simplify the tax code, repeal health-care and Wall Street reform laws and increase oil and natural gas drilling in her first 100 days in office.
Unemployment is up, the value of the dollar is down and the economy has slowed to a crawl, she argued.
"We aren't even treading water anymore," Bachmann said, before drawing a contrast between herself and tea party rival Perry.