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November 5th, 2014
05:26 PM ET

What did Obama take from midterm losses?

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama said he hears the frustration of voters who handed control of the Senate to Republicans in an election that is being viewed as a repudiation of the White House.

"To those of you who voted, I hear you," Obama said Wednesday in his first public remarks since the election. To those who didn't vote, "I hear you too."

Obama said every election offers a "moment for reflection," but declined to use language like "shellacking" as he has in the past to characterize the scale of the defeat.

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