With the election just weeks away, Republicans are scrambling to prepare for a potentially bruising debate over gun control legislation and whether to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Here’s a look at which candidates stand to be vulnerable to the attack.
The gun debate The Republican Party’s primary is in its third week, and the party’s most popular candidate is trying to fend off a barrage of attacks on his record on gun rights.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has made a habit of coming out swinging on gun control and has repeatedly called for more background checks, stronger gun laws and stricter gun regulations.
He has said the only way to keep guns out of the hands of people who should not be allowed to own them is to limit the number of guns in the country.
The first-term senator has been heavily criticized for his support of President Barack Obama’s policies to expand background checks and restrict firearms purchases, and he is viewed as vulnerable to attacks from the Democratic Party.
Republicans have a high-profile candidate to contend with, Sen. Rand Paul (R) of Kentucky, who is up for reelection in the Republican-leaning state.
In an interview with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren earlier this week, Paul said that he is “very confident” that he can defeat Rubio.
But he has also taken aim at Paul’s wife, who has said she wants to get the federal government to reinstate the federal assault weapons ban, which was lifted in 2009.
The two are likely to face off in the first Republican debate in Iowa on Tuesday night.
Paul’s position on gun issues is more moderate than Rubio’s, and his support for a bill to expand gun background checks is also more moderate.
Paul has said he wants to repeal Obamacare’s assault weapons restrictions.
And his position on guns has changed.
In 2008, he voted against an amendment that would have strengthened gun laws, but he now supports universal background checks.
His stance on background checks has also changed over the years.
In 2013, he supported an amendment to the bill to allow gun owners to purchase ammunition for self-defense, but a federal judge struck down the proposal in 2015.
The former presidential candidate is also likely to take a position on repealing the Affordable CARE Act.
In 2016, Paul voted against the provision that would repeal the law, which would have been a major blow to the GOP’s chances to win control of the House.
The legislation is widely seen as the first step toward repealing the landmark healthcare law, and some GOP lawmakers are also wary of using the repeal to shore up support for the law.
But Republicans also hope to use the repeal vote to try to win back the Senate, where they have a slim majority.
On Wednesday, Paul will be joined by former Massachusetts Gov.
Mitt Romney, former New York Gov.
George Pataki and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.
Romney is a former Republican National Committee chairman and has long advocated for gun control.
Pataki is a New York City-based Republican strategist who ran for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012.
Santorum is a conservative Republican and former U.S. House speaker.
The event is being held at the Capitol.