Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) on Sunday said Democratic lawmakers in the House understand the party needs "a new message and a new messenger."
"I think even our members from the coastal areas recognize that we are not a national party right now," Ryan, who is challenging House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), said on "Fox News Sunday."
"They understand politics, and I think they understand that this is about having a new message and a new messenger."
Ryan also said Democrats can't keep blaming their losses on communication issues.
"We've been saying it's a communication issue since 2010," Ryan said.
"So we've got to figure out how to have the robust economic message and we're not communication."
Ryan said the Democrats needs a leader who can go into congressional districts and "pull Trump voters back and energize those voters we need to show up at the polls."
Ryan also talked up his chances of become the top House Democrat.
"We're making a hell of a run at this thing, and I think we have a shot to win," Ryan said.
"People are saying 'Look, this has been a change election. We want a change.' And there are a lot of members of Congress who now are understanding that we need to make a change," he continued.
"We need to put leaders in place that are going to give us an opportunity to win the House back ... We've got to do something differently."