But the standing ovation Bachmann drew Friday--the first of the day to come in the middle of a speech--came when the congresswoman shifted to her signature attack on President Obama's health care reform.
"We will repeal Obamacare--it will happen," she said, growing louder with encouragement from the crowd. "I will not rest until we appeal Obamacare; America will not rest until we repeal Obamacare. We'll take it to the bank ... the American people are with us on this issue!" she shouted.
Bachmann concluded with a Bible verse--Timothy 2:2, "which tells us to pray for those in authority"--and a prayer, polishing off what will likely be a well-received address just weeks before she's expected to officially announce her entrance into the 2012 presidential field.
6/6 CORRECTION: The original version of this story misspelled the word spear when citing Bachmann saying, "That was the height of the controversy and I was at the tip of the spear in that effort."