Republicans not taking 'no' for an answer from Ryan

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., still seems to be thinking over whether he wants to run to replace John Boehner as House speaker.

On Monday morning, his committee spokesman, Brendan Buck, said there's no news to report so far, and said that was likely to be the case all week.

"Before you ask, nothing has changed and I don't anticipate any news this week," he tweeted.

Congress is out for the Columbus Day week, and Republicans will use that time to consider how best to move forward after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., abruptly withdrew as a candidate to be the next speaker. As they flew home Friday, Boehner was known to be pushing hard for Ryan to run, and said he's the only possible candidate who might be able to unite the party.

"The speaker is begging him," said House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., added that he's part of the team of members trying to push Ryan to run.

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Ryan initially said being speaker would be too much strain on his family, but many Republicans weren't taking no for an answer. Over the weekend, a key conservative Republican indicated that he and other like-minded members may be able to support Ryan as the next speaker, assuming the new leadership team agrees to some rule changes.

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