Some in the audience were ardent Bachmann supporters, others were conservatives still trying to learn about the candidates. But a common thread among most was replacing Obama.
"I'm looking for change, but not any kind of change Obama wants," said Tom Pollitt, a member of Newport-Mesa's tea party. "We're going to crumble under this debt."
Offering more specifics than fellow tea party favorite Perry did last week, Bachmann slammed Obama's health-care reform, the size of the national debt and the stimulus package approved early in his presidency.