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Far Right, Left Coast: Candidate Michele Bachmann Holds a Tea Party Rally in the OC

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The Orange County Fairgrounds was the site of a small Tea Party rally this morning, where people gathered to hear a speech by Republican presidential candidate hopeful Michele Bachmann. A few hundred fans were there to hear the Congresswoman from Minnesota speak, according to the OC Register.

In her 22-minute speech, Bachmann reportedly "took repeated jabs at Barack Obama, attacking his stimulus spending, health-care reform and raising of the debt limit. She also highlighted the specter of delayed military paychecks, which arose during the debt-ceiling debate." (She even suggested a "national bake sale" as one--albeit desperate--way to address the latter.)

Currently, Bachmann's campaign has been described as slowing, even stalling. She is ranked in fourth place in recent polls charting favorites among her fellow GOP candidates.

Today's event found organizers rallying the rally-ers to fill the space close to the front of the venue, and simple photocopies distributed in place of the more elaborate signs seen at other candidate events. Many present, however, did not hesitate to go on record with the media present to endorse Bachmann for president.

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Bachmann is keeping it local tonight; she is due to speak at the California Republican Party's convention in Los Angeles this evening.