House Speaker-in-waiting John Boehner (R-Ohio) accused President Obama and Democrats of being in "some denial" about the message in Tuesday's election.
Boehner echoed a frustration some other Republicans have voiced since Obama, responding to the election results on Wednesday, downplayed the notion that voters had rejected his policies in the election.
"I didn't see the president's press conference on Wednesday, but I've read a little bit about it," Boehner told ABC's "World News" in an interview to air this evening. "And there seems to be some denial on the part of the president and other Democrat leaders of the message that was sent by the American people."
The interview is Boehner's first formal sit-down since Tuesday, when Republicans picked up a majority in the House by winning dozens of Democratic-held seats. Republicans have seized on the election results, framing them as a rejection of the policies sought by Democrats the past two years.
Obama said in his post-election press conference on Wednesday that the election wasn't so much about his policies as voters' frustration with the slow pace of the economic recovery.
"I think that what I think is absolutely true is voters are not satisfied with the outcomes," the president said. "If right now we had 5 percent unemployment instead of 9.6 percent unemployment, then people would have more confidence in those policy choices."
Boehner rejected the president's contention, pointing to the historic victories the GOP enjoyed on Tuesday.
"When you have the most historic election in over 60, 70 years, you would think that the other party would understand that the American people have clearly repudiated the policies that they put forward the last two years," he said.