(CNN) – House Minority Whip Eric Cantor told CNN early Wednesday that his party's sweeping takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives was a repudiation of Democrats' policies, and a chance for Republicans to deliver on their promises.
"This is a second chance for us. If we blow it again we will be in the wilderness for a very long time," Cantor told CNN early Wednesday. "We have to deliver."
Cantor said that his party's main priority will be to reduce spending but, when asked, would not specifically address certain proposals from some of his newly elected Tea Party Republican colleagues', such as cutting the Department of Education, or threatening to shut down the government if President Obama doesn't agree to certain spending cuts.
And if House Republican efforts to repeal the health care bill as a whole are, as is expected to happen, quashed by the lack of a filibuster-proof Republican majority in the Senate, Cantor said they will likely look for ways to incrementally defund parts of the bill that are "job-killing" or expensive through the appropriations process.
Cantor is expected to replace Democrat Steny Hoyer in January as the next majority leader, the second-ranking position in House leadership.