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Heck, I’m Thirsty! Sen. Marco Rubio Takes A Swig During GOP Response To State Of The Union Address

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Feb. 13 2013, Published 7:40 a.m. ET

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He took a swipe – and a swig, and while it’s not exactly ‘Watergate,’ it’s still pretty funny.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was charged with delivering the GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address Monday night, and while he managed to diss many of Obama’s policies while conveying his contention that the Republican Party is not the party of the rich and elitist ( i.e.- Mitt Romney), the headline coming from his speech is – ‘Rubio Drinks Water Mid-Sentence.’

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Early on in his speech, the 41-year-old Cuban American established he was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth.

“I didn’t inherit any money from them,” Rubio said of his parents. “But I inherited something far better — the real opportunity to accomplish my dreams.”

Read a transcript of Senator Marco Rubio’s GOP Response To The State Of The Union Address

Apparently, he also inherited dry mouth as wiped his mouth and licked his lips on a number of occasions.

Midway during his speech, Rubio surprised viewers by reaching for a small bottle of Poland Springs water and taking a swig.


As noted, Twitter exploded with funny comments to Rubio’s ‘drinking problem.’

Oh Lord, I am thirsty now. #gulpgate Rubio was thirsting for fame and got hot and bothered with it all tonight. #Gulp #SOTU2013— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) February 13, 2013I blame climate change for Rubio’s unseasonal thirst.— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) February 13, 2013

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Rubio - looking for a job as a bottled water spokesman, apparently.— Brad Woodhouse (@woodhouseb) February 13, 2013

Republicans. Sponsored by: water. Refreshing.— Marc Ambinder (@marcambinder) February 13, 2013

Now, if Rubio reached for a mojito that would have been awesome.— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) February 13, 2013

Rubio going the way of Jindal - just slightly more nervous and with a little bit more sweat.— Stephanie Cutter (@stefcutter) February 13, 2013

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Jesus walked on water. Rubio drank it #saviors (ok, done)— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) February 13, 2013

MT @mmurraypolitics: Rubio is a very fine speaker, but tonight was a reminder why giving the SOTU response is a tough assignment— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 13, 2013

As I was saying… RT @joshmcelveen Marco Rubio “These pretzels are making me thirsty.”— Garance Franke-Ruta (@thegarance) February 13, 2013

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Rubio is generally a very, very good speaker. But that was not it.— Taegan Goddard (@politicalwire) February 13, 2013

Marco Rubio takes a panicked swig of water — again and again— (@Salon) February 13, 2013

The Rubio water thing is the move that launched a 1,000 .gifs.— The Fix (@TheFix) February 13, 2013

Well delivered story telling for Rubio but at once sweating and thirsty. Did that happen in Spanish version?— Kelly O’Donnell (@KellyO) February 13, 2013

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If Rubio had chugged a Shiner Bock instead of fru-fru bottled water, he might have my vote.— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) February 13, 2013

Even Marco Rubio is playing Marco Rubio drinking games.— brad plumer (@bradplumer) February 13, 2013

Maybe TIME Mag was right about Rubio being a “savior.” John 19:28: “So that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, ‘I thirst.’”— Chris Moody (@Chris_Moody) February 13, 2013

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Twiiter going off on Marco Rubio water bottle. Really dousing him— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) February 13, 2013

Coming up next: exclusive interview w/ Marco Rubio’s water bottle.— Matt Mackowiak (@MattMackowiak) February 13, 2013

And Marco Rubio’s water moment has a hashtag: #gulpgate— Russell Schaffer (@RussOnPolitics) February 13, 2013

Good line ?RT @grossdmYou’ve heard of arch-conservatives? Rubio is a parched-conservative. #sotu— EJ Dionne (@EJDionne) February 13, 2013

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Rubio should auction the water bottle to some rich political dorks & donate the proceeds to charity. BOOM! I am a PR wizard.— Scott Conroy (@RealClearScott) February 13, 2013

“An equally impassioned drink of water that is trending on Twitter” -@bwilliams on Marco Rubio’s drink during response— TODAY(@todayshow) February 13, 2013

Stay thirsty, Americans - Marco Rubio— Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) February 13, 2013

Rubio – showing that he had a sense humor about the incident- later tweeted a picture of the water bottle.



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