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Republicans, Tea Party Respond to Election Outcome

President Obama issued his response to the Tuesday’s election outcome via press conference yesterday. Today, various Republicans voiced their response.

Sarah Palin e-mailed a minute-long video to her supporters that features a voice-over from one of her stump speeches and images of the candidates she supported (without distinguishing between which ones actually won or lost ). The video, also available on YouTube, is posted above.

“We’re going to stand up and we’re going to speak out and it may take some renegades going rogue to get us there,” she says in the video to a round of applause.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaking this morning at the Heritage Foundation, focused on efforts to repeal the health care law, admitting that it will take some time.

“When it comes to educating the public about the effects of Democrat legislation, we will fulfill our constitutional duty to oversee the executive branch through smart, aggressive oversight,” Politico quotes him saying.

Rep. John Boehner (OH) posted a leadership document on his website, “Pillars of a New Majority,” which compiles five of his speeches.

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor has sent a memo to fellow GOP members with a few suggestions. Among them: weekly votes on spending cuts, a bill to permanently prohibit public funding of abortion, and one day per month only for small things like renaming post offices.

And Tea Party leaders have vowed to give their support to the new Republican Congress members when they “do the right thing” but let them know when they don’t.

“If [new Republican members] vote to uphold our core values, against pressure from their party leadership, we can give them the political backing they need,” Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots, told Newsweek. The story adds that Martin vows “that the Tea Partiers’ frantic pace of calling, e-mailing, rallying, and lobbying Congress will not slow.”

President Obama has invited Republican leaders to the White House for a meeting on November 18.

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