"For too long, Washington has taken our country in the wrong direction: bigger government, reckless spending and runaway debt," Rubio said. "And though I'm a proud Republican, here's the truth -- both parties have been to blame."
Rubio said last Tuesday's midterm election that gave Republicans a majority in the House was a wake-up call for his party.
"We Republicans would be mistaken if we misread these results as simply an embrace of the Republican Party," he said. "The election is a second chance. A second chance for Republicans to be what we said we were going to be."
His remarks echo those of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky in a speech at the Heritage Foundation on Thursday, The Hill reported.
"This isn't a reason for Republicans to gloat," McConnell said. "The voters didn't suddenly fall in love with Republicans; they fell out of love with Democrats."
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