The top dogs in the Republican presidential race, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, weren’t there when California Republicans met in Los Angeles over the weekend, but Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul were.
The Los Angeles Times called them underdog candidates, getting “a chance to press their argument that the nation will recover from its economic malaise only by shrinking government to the bounds of the Constitution.”
Bachmann spoke to about 400 people at the party’s dinner Friday night and said the party needs a candidate grounded in the country’s founding principles who can overturn President Obama’s health care plan:
“We have to have in this election someone again with core convictions who is a constitutional conservative, who won’t take no for an answer, who is willing to push the boulder up the hill because that’s what it will take to repeal Obamacare,” she said. “It will take a miracle, but I believe in miracles, and I believe in the one who gives miracles.”
And she said that California is poised to become a red state in 2012, a prediction that the paper said appears to be quite improbable.
“I’m here to announce to you tonight, we will take our country back in 2012 and together we will make Barack Obama a one-term president. President Obama’s numbers are the lowest they have ever been, and I’m just here to say they haven’t hit rock bottom yet. … We have got a message and we have got a winning streak. I firmly believe 2012 will be a blowout election.”