House GOP leaders: Paul Ryan owes it to us to run

“You know what, he needs to do this for the team,” said Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. 

“He clearly doesn’t want the job,” said Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), a long-serving member on the GOP leadership team. “But honestly this is a case where the job is seeking the man, and we need him.”…

Cole said Ryan’s ascension to Speaker would be a necessary self-sacrifice – similar to the “two very selfless acts” made by both Boehner and McCarthy to step aside.

“It’s awfully hard when you see two people make sacrifices like that, not to sacrifice yourself,” said Cole, who added that he has personally spoken to Ryan.