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After loss, where does David Rivera go from here?

A day after losing his seat to Democrat Joe Garcia, Republican Congressman David Rivera said he has not set future plans.

"I'm going to get with my family and friends and supporters and discuss how I can best continue to contribute to our community's best interests, whether that be in public office or out of public office," he said. "Time will tell."

Rivera blamed his loss on President Barack Obama's coattails.

"I think an analysis of the results demonstrates that the presidential election had a significant impact on several congressional races, including my own," Rivera said.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney under-performed in Miami-Dade compared to John McCain four years ago, Rivera noted.

"It makes it tough for Republicans down ballot to be successful."

Rivera also addressed his party's performance among Hispanics more broadly.

Earlier Wednesday, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Miami Republican who was easily reelected Tuesday, told WLRN-Miami Herald News she was happy she "survived this Republican onslaught."

When asked about her party's appeal to Hispanics, she compared the GOP to addicts who first need to stop denying they have a problem in order to solve it. "We're not admitting, 'Dude, we have a problem,'" she lamented.

Rivera agreed.

"We as a party are at a critical juncture in terms of addressing our support among non-Cuban Hispanics," he said. "Unless we recognize the importance of being more responsive to their concerns, it's going to make it increasingly difficult to elect Republicans in districts with significant non-Cuban Hispanic constituencies."

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