(CNSNews.com) - Rep.-Elect Dave Brat, a free-market economist, says his message on Obamacare, the national debt, and securing the border "resonated" with Virginia Republicans on Tuesday.
"We've had a 200-year run that's made us the envy of the world," Brat said, speaking of America. "The antithesis of that is kind of the top-down central planning -- the best example is Obamacare.
"And so that system was theoretical. Now the bill is coming in everybody's mailbox. And so it's moved to the kitchen table," he told CNN Wednesday morning.
"People can't afford the mandate system, their premiums, the $5,000 deductibles. And...I ran on that -- securing the border, etcetera, and the folks are finally seeing the reality of bad decision-making, and so I think we had the wave last night for all of those reasons."
Brat said compromise is a good thing, but with an $18-trillion debt passing on to younger generations, "I think the compromising has to be in one direction. And so I think the American people are agreed on that...For the welfare of this country, we have to compromise, but the numbers have to go down or we're going to find ourselves in another financial crisis a la 2007, and we can't go in that direction any more."
Brat stunned the Republican establishment when he defeated then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in June.
Brat actually won two elections on Tuesday. One was a special election to immediately fill the remaining six week's of Cantor's term; the other was the general election, which gives him the job for two full years, starting in January 2015.