(CNN) - Fresh off a victory Tuesday in her hotly contested and closely watched re-election bid, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, refused to identify specific cuts to the federal budget while, at the same time, criticized what she called "over-the-top" spending for an upcoming presidential trip.
When asked in an interview that airs Wednesday on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360° whether she would support cuts to Social Security and Medicare, Bachmann slammed the White House for the costs of President Obama's forthcoming trip to India.
(CNN) - Republican Sen. Jim DeMint has spent this election season weighing in on races across the country but now acknowledges he may be doing some making nice in the Republican Party.
If Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski wins another term and beats Tea Party-backed Joe Miller, DeMint said they’ll “have some making up to do.”
(CNN) - In her first interview since Democrats lost control of the House, outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended her leadership and was unapologetic.
"[I have] no regrets because we believe we did the right thing and worked very hard to convey that to the American people," Pelosi told ABC's Diane Sawyer on Wednesday.
Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid insisted Wednesday he's committed to building consensus with Senate Republicans, telling reporters he is "begging for Republican input."
But the man who had to come from behind to retain his Senate seat also criticized his GOP counterparts for obstructing much of the legislative agenda Democrats laid out in the last two years.
(CNN) - They were perhaps the most talked about group of the 2010 election season, and with most races now over, the impact of the Tea Party movement in Tuesday's midterm elections can begin to be measured.
The decentralized grassroots nature of the Tea Party movement makes it difficult to define how many candidates on Tuesday's ballots were so-called "Tea Party candidates." There is no official entity that determines who is a "Tea Party candidate."
However, CNN has identified 21 candidates in the "CNN 100" list of most competitive House races who were either Tea Party activists or whose campaigns were helped significantly by the Tea Party movement.
See exactly how Tea Party backed candidates did, after the jump:
WASHINGTON (CNN) - A chastened President Obama tried to cheer up supporters while delivering an honest assessment of the midterm elections.
"It was a tough night," he said during an Organizing for America conference call Wednesday. "I don't think we should sugarcoat it."
(CNN) - Former New York City mayor and Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday that he believes Sarah Palin will launch a bid for president in 2012.
"My guess is yes – she's going to run for president," Giuliani told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "She sounds to me like somebody who's running for president."
Giuliani predicted as many as 15 GOP contenders may seek the Republican Party nomination.
(CNN) - For the first time since 1997, two black Republicans will serve concurrent terms in the House of Representatives.
Of the 14 black GOP candidates on the ballot last night, only two - Allen West, Florida-22, and Tim Scott, South Carolina-01 - defeated their Democratic opponents. West defeated two-term incumbent Rep. Ron Klein in south Florida, while Scott fills an open seat vacated by retiring Republican Rep. Henry Brown Jr.
Washington (CNN) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her team just played an impressive game of cat and mouse to avoid those of us in the Capitol Hill press corps.
We knew she was scheduled for a 3 p.m. interview with Diane Sawyer down the hall and around the corner from her second floor Capitol Hill office.
(CNN) - Democratic incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet has won a tight battle with Republican challenger Ken Buck to retain his seat in Colorado, CNN projects.