November 2nd, 2010
11:50 PM ET
12 years ago

Marco Rubio sounds a warning

CNN - On a night of jubilation among Republicans and Tea Party activists, Florida Senator-elect Marco Rubio sounded a note of caution during his victory speech: "We make a grave mistake if we believe that tonight these results are somehow an embrace of the Republican party. What they are is a second chance: A second chance for Republicans to be what they said they were going to be not so long ago."

Rubio, a Republican who won a three-way race against Democratic Congressman Kendrick Meek and an independent bid by Governor Charlie Crist, told his supporters in Coral Gables, "Our nation is headed in the wrong direction and both parties are to blame."

Rubio says Americans are "desperately" looking for people who will go to Washington and, in his words, "stand up to this agenda that is taking us in the wrong direction and offer a clear and genuine alternative."

However, Rubio's speech was not all gloomy. He paid tribute to Florida's Cuban-American community and declared, "No matter where I go or what title I may achieve, I will always be the son of exiles."

"What this race was about," said Rubio, was "the great future that lies ahead for our country, a future that Americans know is there for the taking." But he added, "It requires actions on our part."

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. AmusedInFL

    A Republican that finally apologized/acknowledged how bad the Repubs screwed up while Bush was in office. All they have to do stop spending money.

    November 3, 2010 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  2. Brian Nordin

    So far, I havn't heard one single thing the Republicans will do specifically – it's all BS – "take back our country", "follow the constitution" – what a bunch of empty words. Specifically, what the heck are you going to do to get the country "back on track"? Republicans are a bunch of power hungry lunatics – I hope they see this as a "mandate" and push for the some of the ideas they've had this election cycle – privatizing social security, elimination of the Education Department and the Energy Department; scaling back the Civil Rights Bill, rewarding the insurance, banking and Wall Street – tax cuts for the wealthiest individuals – I love it. We'll have a second Democratic Wave in 2010 – Go Sarah Palin – I hope you get the Republican nomination – or better yet, declare a third "Tea Party" – for all the mad hatters out there – what an Alice in Wonderland joke. Good luck Republican House Leadership – you now have to govern instead of just complain..... Brian

    November 3, 2010 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  3. yup yup

    Rubio for president!!! Rubio '12!!!

    November 3, 2010 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  4. Mike

    Rubio wins for the most correct thing said by a Republican on this election day:

    "We make a grave mistake if we believe that tonight these results are somehow an embrace of the Republican party."

    November 3, 2010 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  5. SensibleJoe

    Your misbegotten policies favoring the rich and powerful over the common good of all Floridians wreck our state, Mr. Rubio. Please don't do the same to the whole United States.

    November 3, 2010 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  6. Lauren

    Mr. Rubio, I reluctantly voted for you, because let's face it - what were the choices? Charlie "whichever way the wind's blowing" Crist or Obamatron Meek?!? Your pro illegal/pro amnesty stance towards illegals will be closely watched. Don't disappoint us (GOP supporters).

    November 3, 2010 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  7. JB

    These Tea Party wins are the best possible outcome for all of us. If for some reason we're wrong and they're right and they fix things, then great. And if they royally screw up, then they stand no chance in 2012. Either way, America wins.

    November 3, 2010 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  8. truth4u

    What an idiot – Kendrick Meeks knew you cuold not win this race, you should have gotten out as advised.

    November 3, 2010 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  9. Mike

    You are officially on the clock, gOP. Results are demanded. Now.

    November 3, 2010 12:58 am at 12:58 am |