Factbox: What they’re saying about the midterm elections

WASHINGTON (BestGrowthStock) – Disenchanted voters swept Democrats from power in the House of Representatives and bolstered the ranks of Senate Republicans in congressional elections on Tuesday, delivering a sharp rebuke to President Barack Obama.

Here are some notable quotes from the evening:

Rand Paul, after winning the Kentucky Senate race, on bringing Tea Party ideals to Washington:

“Tonight, there’s a Tea Party tidal wave, and we’re sending a message to ’em. It’s a message that I will carry with me on day one. It’s a message of fiscal sanity. It’s a message of limited, constitutional government and balanced budgets”

Former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Fox News, offering advice to President Barack Obama on how to proceed:

“He is the one who is going to have start coming more to the center of America, toward some middle ground, instead of staying on that extreme far left that has driven us to where we are today. Tonight I think we’re going to see that message sent to him.”

West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin after winning his Senate race, keeping the seat long held by the late Senator Robert Byrd for Democrats

“Now, I want you to know that I am going there, and I intend to work with everyone who is going to put their country first. If you put the country first, I do not care whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, a liberal, conservative, business, or labor. It’s how we do it and it works well.”

Democrat Chris Coons in his victory speech after defeating Tea Party favorite Christine O’Donnell for the Delaware Senate seat previously held by Vice President Joe Biden

“I pledge to you, to all the working families in Delaware, that I will work tirelessly to get our state and our nation back on track … and to once again make real for the people of Delaware these six words: Made in America, manufactured in Delaware.”

South Carolina Republican Senator Jim DeMint on CNN, in response to a question on whether there will be a Congressional Tea Party caucus:

“If there is one, I’ll join it, but what we’ll probably do in the Senate is just expand the conservative caucus and reflect the Tea Party ideas.”

Chris Van Hollen, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman, at Democratic Party national headquarters before polls closed:

“Millions of voters around the country are proving the Washington pundits absolutely wrong. You see high levels of energy on the Democratic side …

“All this talk that we heard from Washington trying to project the outcome of this election…this thing is not over, the voters are sending the opposite message.”

Former House of Representatives Speaker-turned-pundit Newt Gingrich, speaking on Fox News:

“This is an enormous wave, and notice this is a national wave … that’s a warning sign to the Democratic Party that this may be their last notification from the American public.”

(Reporting by Emily Stephenson, Editing by Frances Kerry)

Factbox: What they’re saying about the midterm elections