Rep. Tom ColeThomas (Tom) Jeffrey ColeHouse sets up Senate shutdown showdown House passes giant social policy and climate measure Congress needs to act on the social determinants of health MORE (R-Okla.) predicted on Sunday that Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFormer Sen. Bob Dole dies at 98 No time for the timid: The dual threats of progressives and Trump Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power MORE (R-Wis.) could ultimately decide to run to replace outgoing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), despite Ryan's repeated insistence that he's not interested in the job.
"If my friend Paul Ryan decides to run, I think ultimately he'll win," Cole said on CNN's "State of the Union."
Ryan has said he's not interested in running to replace Boehner, whose wants to resign at the end of October. But with no clear leader among House Republicans, many have pressured Ryan to step in to lead.
"In the end, I trust Paul to make the right decision," Cole said. "He shouldn’t do it unless he's willing to do it with zest ... [but] I think this is coming to him as the logical consensus."
"I have enormous confidence that this is the right man for the right moment."