Pelosi challenger says House Democrats need new message

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Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) waves after speaking to supporters at the DCCC U.S. midterm election night watch party at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, November 7, 2006. If the Democrats take control of the House of Representatives after today's election then Pelosi will become eligible to become the first U.S. women ever to be Speaker of the House. Behind Pelosi is U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH).    REUTERS/Larry Downing    (UNITED STATES) - RTR1J4JK

Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) waves after speaking to supporters at the DCCC U.S. midterm election night watch party at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 7, 2006. Behind Pelosi is U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH). Photo by Larry Downing/Reuters

WASHINGTON — The Ohio congressman challenging House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says his colleagues understand that regaining the majority requires a “new message and a new messenger” able to reach out to voters who abandoned the party in this month’s election.

House Democrats are set to vote Wednesday on who’ll lead them when Congress reconvenes in January.

Pelosi — a 76-year-old liberal from California — says she has the support of two-thirds of her caucus.

Her challenger, 43-year-old Tim Ryan, tells “Fox News Sunday” that colleagues have told him the Nov. 8 election was about change and that they want change, too.

The leadership vote was to be held right after the election. It was delayed after Republicans won the White House and kept control of the House and Senate.

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