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If substance wasn’t your thing last night…

Americans across the country are lauding the first Democratic presidential debate as a substantive and wide-ranging conversation that featured candidates laying out their visions to move America forward and grow the middle class.

Republican presidential candidates offered a stark contrast to the substantive Democratic debate as they continued to make news and take heat for the vitriol, invective, and outdated and out of touch ideas we’ve sadly come to expect from the GOP field. While Jeb Bush and John Kasich rolled out and previewed more of the same failed Republican proposals on healthcare and the economy that Americans have rejected time and again, candidates like Marco Rubio and Mike Huckabee continued to attack Americans and appeal to the darkest elements of the Republican Party’s base. Meanwhile Rand Paul wandered around Iowa and recorded himself. As Democratic presidential candidates laid out policies to lift up our nation’s families, Republican presidential candidates showed Americans that they’re far too stuck in their ways to get anything done for the American people.

Take a look at some of the coverage on Republican lowlights from just the last day below:

Huffington Post: Jeb’s Obamacare Repeal-And-Replace Plan Is More Repeal Than Replace

JONATHAN COHN

Jeb Bush on Tuesday will introduce a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. But “replace” may not be quite the right word. The Bush plan calls for a familiar mix of conservative ideas on health care, according to campaign documents obtained by The Huffington Post. It would eliminate the coverage scheme of “Obamacare” — the tax credits, regulations on insurance, and individual mandate that have led to a historic reduction in the number of uninsured Americans.

Cincinanati Enquirer: John Kasich, whose jokes become headlines, says U.S. needs ‘a sense of humor’

CHRISSIE THOMPSON

A Kasich joke in Virginia generated perhaps his biggest headline last week. At an event at the University of Richmond, he cracked about a college student waving her hand to ask a question, saying he didn’t have Taylor Swift tickets. The young woman found the remark offensive, and a resulting op-ed for the college newspaper went viral.

Mic: Mike Huckabee Tweets Racist Joke During Democratic Primary Debate

TOM MCKAY

While the first Democratic debate was in full swing, candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Lincoln Chafee, Jim Webb and Martin O’Malley were addressing tough questions about systemic racism, incarceration rates and inequality.

While they were doing that, the Twitter account of Republican candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was busy sending a racist joke about Asians, just minutes after claiming the United States has a “sin problem,” not a “skin problem.”

The joke was bad for more than one reason: Reporter Adam Weinstein pointed out that Huckabee’s son David Huckabee once killed a dog while working as a counselor at a Boy Scout camp, earning his termination.

TPM: Rubio: Dem Debate Just About Who Would ‘Give Away The Most Free Stuff’ (VIDEO)

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Wednesday morning lamented that the Democratic presidential debate was merely a competition over who would grant the American people more “free stuff.”

Huffington Post: Ben Carson, Firearms and False Parallels to the Holocaust

WARREN BLUMENFELD

Dr. Ben Carson, current Republican Party presidential candidate, seems obsessed with stretching himself into a pretzel to fabricate links between the conditions giving rise to and advancing the Nazi German Holocaust with conditions enfolding within contemporary U.S.-America. For example, in Carson’s recently published book, which he co-authored with his wife Candy, A More Perfect Union: What We The People Can Do To Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties, they discuss Nazi Germany’s weapons confiscation policies. The Carsons argue that an armed citizenry is needed to protect the people against “tyrants” and “radicals.”

They assert that our country must never impose restriction on firearms since “our founders recognized that ‘we the People’ could represent a significant fighting force if necessary to repel an invasion by foreign forces. They also knew that an armed population would discourage government overreach.”

Washington Post: I experienced the irresistible torture of watching Rand Paul’s campaign livestream

BEN TERRIS

In 1996 a woman named Jennifer Ringley decided to put a camera in her apartment and broadcast her entire life over the Internet. Because it was a new and provocative concept, and because, hey, maybe she’d get naked, millions of people tuned in, and “Jennicam” became a national sensation. Two decades later, another relative unknown tried to capitalize on the idea: Struggling GOP presidential contender Rand Paul.

If this is the most interesting thing a politician can do with modern technology, we have a long way to go. Periscope now allows for conversations that happen in real time, and yet Paul decided on a format that only allowed for audience to watch him answer pre-screened questions. If the idea is to show what life is like on the campaign trail, why not show it? Why continuously cut away? Yes, a full day would be excruciatingly boring and repetitive, but isn’t Paul the one who just told viewers to go read the Myth of Sisyphus?

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