ABC News’ John R. Parkinson reports:
The next likely Speaker of the House, John Boehner, and the next likely House Majority Leader, Cantor, met with reporters this morning to react to last night’s Republican landslide victory that resulted in the GOP seizing control of the House of Representatives.
“We’re humbled by the trust that the American people have placed in us, and as I said last night, our now job is to listen to the people and follow the will of the American people,” Boehner, R-Ohio, said. “It’s pretty clear the American people want us to do something about cutting spending here in Washington, and helping to create an environment where we’ll get jobs back in our country. We’ve got a big job ahead of us and that’s why you’ll see us roll up our sleeves and go to work today.”
Asked whether the results of the election indicate a vote against Obama administration or vote for the Republican Party, Boehner said the vote was “a mandate for Washington to reduce the size of government and continue our fight for a smaller, less costly and more accountable government.”
“American people spoke and I think it’s pretty clear that the Obama / Pelosi agenda is being rejected by the American people,” Boehner said. “They want the president to change course, and I think it’s change course we will.”
Cantor, R-Virginia, agreed telling reporters that the results of last night indicated that the American people, regardless of party affiliation, are “tired and frustrated of Washington” and unemployed Americans are anxious to get back to work.
“It is very clear [the American people] want a government that listens to them. And frankly, whether you’re Republican, Democrat or Independent, the people of this country want to see results,” Cantor, the current House Minority Whip, said. “The first order of business has got to be to create jobs, and the way the American people spoke last night, they said that the Obama administration’s agenda over last 20 months has failed. They’ve rejected that approach. They want to see us return to a sense of limited government, and that means as the leader just said, cut spending, and get us back to an era in which we can promote opportunity, people are ready to step up and accept responsibility so we can promote and reward success.”
ABC News’ Jake Tapper has learned the White House is working on a plan for a retreat of some sort with GOP and Democratic leaders of the House and Senate after President Obama returns from his trip to Asia and India.
Boehner said he stayed up last night “way past my bed time,” while Cantor quipped he too stayed up “late.”