February 12th, 2013
11:14 PM ET
1 year ago

Marco Rubio's dry mouth moment

(CNN) - Sen. Marco Rubio stopped for a drink during the GOP response to the State of the Union - and the moment immediately went viral.

Even Rubio himself acknowledged the awkward break in his speech on Twitter.


Others on Twitter ribbed the Florida senator for stopping his speech to reach for the water bottle.


Filed under: Marco Rubio
soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. Ignominious

    This is news coverage? More like Pravda America.

    February 13, 2013 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  2. Joe Chelan

    He is simply not prepared for the moment. I do not think he can get the job done.

    February 13, 2013 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  3. Getoverit

    OMG! He stopped for a drink! How could he possibly do that! Obviously he is not presidential material, unlike our current "leader" who walks on the very water that Rubio drinks! Stop the presses! OMG!!!!!!!!!

    February 13, 2013 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  4. emdee

    This is seriously worth posting on the front page?

    February 13, 2013 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  5. ConfucianScholar

    How absurd that CNN should make a headline out of this. Rubio's opponents of course will abuse any perceived anomaly in his speech to criticize him, and it is particularly ridiculous that they didn't find any thing of more substance in his speech to make fun of than him drinking water. CNN in its unashamed Obama activism tries to exploit the "issue"

    February 13, 2013 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  6. Megan Marie Brown

    This is the guy who's supposed to save the GOP? Forget the sweat, the thirst, the nervous gestures, did Marco "Poland Springs" Rubio say a single sensible thing?

    February 13, 2013 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  7. Jeb

    Rubio's speech was canned, predictable, and insincere.

    February 13, 2013 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  8. 99 percent loose

    Rubio is going to be our next president and Great one at that. So what he took a sip of water, Obama drinks water for all of u uninformed people. Rubio is a fresh breathe of youth, I will be a voting for him if he runs

    Rubio 2016

    February 13, 2013 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  9. Tracy Stephens

    America would be better off if Rubio was President today. Why can't we recall Obama like Wisconsin did it's Gov. & replace him with Rubio. He inspires this Independent like Regan did. I've always referred to him as a Latin Ronald Regan. I use to be a Democrat, but the party has gone too far to the left. Their showing their socialist-marxist colors and I'm sorry but that's un-American! I disagreed with Rubio on one thing...The National Demacratic Party does not love America...at least not the way it is today! They won't love it untill they transform it into a socialist-marxist country. It's hard to believe I used call myself a librial in my late teens & early twenties...then I grew up, apparently everyone at this network has failed to do so.

    February 13, 2013 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  10. Vadim

    cnn can see ONLY dry mouth?!!! What that the blind news co.???!!!

    February 13, 2013 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  11. Brad

    Yes lets talk about him drinking water rather than his plans and Obama's plans. Seems rational America...

    February 13, 2013 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  12. Gezellig

    Just wanted to let you know that during this speech, I also find it hard to swallow.- Marco Rubio

    February 13, 2013 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  13. Tracy Stephens

    The US would be better off with Rubio as president instead of Obama or Romeny for that matter. I pray the US has regained it's sanity by 2016. Socialism is un-American & that's where were headed!!!!

    February 13, 2013 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  14. liz OH

    Koodos to Rubio he spoke stern and was passionate he was much more eliquint than Obama he was believable hats off to Sen. Rubio

    February 13, 2013 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  15. Frankie

    It just goes to show that even Rubio thought his speech was dry and full of the same ole stuff that the Republicans try to sell over and over and over and over again he couldn't even swallow all of his rhetoric.

    February 13, 2013 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  16. ST

    It was not an easy task for Marco Rubio. He was nervous but fighting it so hard from inside. First he started touching his mouth several times while speaking, that didn't help him. Grabbing a bottle of water while in marathon with the teleprompter was quite entertaining to watch. He did it in such a way that it came out as if he was stealing a bottle from someone. Long way to go Marco to maintain a rock star status!

    February 13, 2013 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  17. B100Z

    SNL will have a blast with this – I can't wait to LMAO.
    Don't worry Marco, we're laughing AT you, not with you.

    February 13, 2013 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  18. emmettmoore

    OMG! Thats the funniest thing I have seen in too long!

    February 13, 2013 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  19. Getoverit

    He took A drink of water? OMG!!! How dare he? I certainly hope it wasn't the same water that Obama walks on!!!!!!!

    February 13, 2013 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  20. virginia girl

    I don't know what State of the Union Rubio was watching but it wasn't the one the rest of us Americans watched! He was sweating and got dry mouth because he was lying through his teeth.Sorry bud but the proven fact is under Clinton-D, with higher taxes and good Government spending this country soard. Then Bush-R came in blew the surplus, got 3,000 Americans killed, got us into 2 unpaid wars (killing 4,000 & wounding thousands more Americans), lowered taxes to the lowest in 50 years and tanked the economy.

    February 13, 2013 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  21. Dickie Walker

    Sweat ? Broadcast News ? Albert Brooks ? Stay Thirsty my friends !

    February 13, 2013 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  22. B100Z

    THIS is your "RISING STAR" ?

    February 13, 2013 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  23. Ryan

    clearly product placement

    February 13, 2013 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  24. Scott

    He's hoping America will buy his rhetoric. Funny how he tried to appear "down to earth" when actually this demonstrated the GOP "scorched earth" policies.

    February 13, 2013 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  25. Ballsy

    Is he for real??? This is hilarious on soo many levels...

    Now to be serious. The republicans need to step up. The country is better when you have 2 parties eriously inclined to do good for the country. If they keep images putting images ike this to the general pyublic people are going to think that they are not serios. Why couldnt Christie deliver the rebuttal speech
    ??

    February 13, 2013 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
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