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."