Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, speaks at the Iowa GOP’s Growth and Opportunity Party at the Iowa state fair grounds in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Well that’s one way to get your position noticed.

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee tried to draw new Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) into the debate over Syrian refugees, calling on him to “lead & reject the importation of those fleeing the Middle East.” If Ryan won’t do this, Huckabee said, “he needs to step down today.”

The blunt-force attack took place on Twitter as the 2016 Republican presidential field staked out increasingly tough positions following Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris. On Sunday, Marco Rubio said the United States should not allow entry to refugees from Syria because it is too difficult to vet them. “It’s not that we don’t want to, it’s that we can’t,” Rubio told ABC. ”Because there’s no way to background check someone that’s coming from Syria. Who do you call and do a background check on them?” Jeb Bush, on the other hand, said the United States should focus on accepting Christians from the Middle East.

Here’s what Huckabee tweeted:

Ryan’s office pointed to an interview he gave earlier in the day to radio host Bill Bennett.

“Look, we’ve always been a generous nation taking in refugees, but this is a unique situation,” Ryan told Bennett. “I’ve asked all the committees of jurisdiction in the House to come up with recommendations with how to address this particular situation. So we are looking at all of our [legislative] options … What matters to me is not only do we prevent people from coming in but we don’t bring them in. We’ve got to make sure we’re protecting ourselves.”

[As new speaker, Ryan will be quickly tested on foreign policy]

Here’s the full interview:

[The Daily 202: Refugee backlash growing across United States]