One lesson of the 2012 election is that Republicans must do a better job of explaining what the GOP stands for, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said Sunday morning.

“We didn’t sell a positive vision,” Coburn said on NBC’s “Meet The Press” when asked about recently concluded election cycle. “We didn’t explain to people what we're for.”

In addition to President Obama winning reelection on Tuesday, Democrats padded their Senate majority and appeared on pace to make slight gains in the House, though the GOP still controls the lower chamber.

“You have to demonstrate what you are for not what you are against,” Coburn said.