(CNN) - House Minority Whip Eric Cantor issued a warning Wednesday to Republicans after the party's takeover of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections.
"This is a second chance for us," he told CNN. "If we blow it again, we will be in the wilderness for a very long time. We have to deliver."
Cantor, who described himself as "energized" despite only three hours of sleep, said the overall message from Tuesday night was a repudiation of Democratic policies, including health care reform.
Cantor is expected to replace Democrat Steny Hoyer in January as the next majority leader, the second-ranking position in House leadership.
Meanwhile, in an emotional speech Tuesday night at a GOP election rally in Washington, the presumptive speaker of the House, Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, told a crowd of supporters, "This is not a time for celebration."
Boehner said, "It is a time to roll up our sleeves and go to work. We can celebrate when small businesses begin hiring again. We can celebrate when the spending binge here in Washington has stopped. And we can celebrate when we have a government that has earned the trust of the people that it serves."
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