NRSC challenges Dems to hold O-Care town-halls

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) is challenging vulnerable incumbent Democrats to hold a series of town-halls on President Obama's healthcare law.

In a morning email, communications director Brad Dayspring wrote that Democrats should agree to discuss the merits of the reform law at length if they choose to call it a success.

"If ObamaCare was such as success wouldn't vulnerable Democrats like Mary LandrieuMary Loretta LandrieuFormer New Orleans mayor: It's not my 'intention' to run for president Dems grasp for way to stop Trump's Supreme Court pick Landrieu dynasty faces a pause in Louisiana MORE, Mark BegichMark Peter BegichFormer Alaska senator jumps into governor race Overnight Energy: Trump directs Perry to stop coal plant closures | EPA spent ,560 on customized pens | EPA viewed postcard to Pruitt as a threat Perez creates advisory team for DNC transition MORE and Kay HaganKay Ruthven Hagan2020 Dems compete for top campaign operatives Senate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Politics is purple in North Carolina MORE be barnstorming their states celebrating it?" Dayspring wrote.

The candidates he referred to are Democratic senators from Louisiana, Alaska and North Carolina, respectively.

The email was interpreted as a sign that the NRSC is doubling down on ObamaCare attacks even as some polling shows opinions of the law starting to soften.

Red-state Democrats are also in better shape than some predicted, according to four new polls by The New York Times and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The survey found Sen. Mark PryorMark Lunsford PryorMedicaid rollback looms for GOP senators in 2020 Cotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm MORE (D-Ark.), a top target for the GOP, leading Rep. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonBipartisan group introduces retirement savings legislation in Senate Overnight Defense: Fallout from tense NATO summit | Senators push to block ZTE deal in defense bill | Blackwater founder makes new pitch for mercenaries to run Afghan war Hillicon Valley: DOJ appeals AT&T-Time Warner ruling | FBI agent testifies in heated hearing | Uproar after FCC changes rules on consumer complaints | Broadcom makes bid for another US company | Facebook under fire over conspiracy sites MORE (R-Ark.) by 10 points, for example. 

Republicans are certainly in a tougher position on ObamaCare than they were last fall, when and the Obama administration were both mired in dysfunction over the reform's rollout.

Now, the White House is pointing to the millions of people who have gained coverage under the law as a sign of its success.

Still, incumbent Democrats face a serious challenge in defending their support for the law to voters who oppose it. ObamaCare remains largely unpopular, particularly in states that backed Mitt Romney for president in 2012.

Dueling strategy memos released to The Associated Press on Wednesday furthered debate between the two sides on Wednesday.

In a memo to candidates, Republican National Committee spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski reportedly attacked Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDon’t worry (too much) about Kavanaugh changing the Supreme Court Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick The dishonesty of the deep state MORE (D-Nev.) for his denunciations of the Koch brothers.

Charles and David Koch are conservative billionaires with influence in election campaigns through their support for groups like Americans for Prosperity.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, meanwhile, argued that the Koch attacks signal the GOP is not making headway with its campaign against ObamaCare.

—This post was updated at 5:28 p.m.