February 13th, 2013
07:53 AM ET
5 years ago

A refreshed Rubio says 'I needed water'

(CNN) - Sen. Marco Rubio continued to poke fun at himself Wednesday morning after his now-famous sip of water made a big splash during the Republican response to the State of the Union.

"God has a way of reminding us that we're human, every now and then," Rubio said in Spanish on CNN en Español's "Café."

Rubio could be seen wiping drips of sweat off his face a few times during his response Tuesday night. Then at one point, he paused and lunged sideways–still looking at the camera–to grab a small bottle of water and take a swig.

The junior senator from Florida gave his 15-minute address shortly after taping the same speech in Spanish. But, Rubio said Wednesday, he didn't "need the water then."

"This only happened in English!" Rubio joked, adding that his mouth "was very dry from speaking so much."

"These things happen," he continued.

The senator himself acknowledged the awkward break on Twitter after the speech, and the moment instantly went viral.

"It's famous now," Rubio said, referring to the photo of the water bottle that spread quickly online. "And I think they've given that company a lot of publicity."

The water company said they've indeed seen an "enthusiastic response" Wednesday.

"We are delighted that in Senator Rubio's moment and need of refreshment, Poland Spring was right there on hand for him. Just like millions know, water is a great refresher. We think he had a great sense of humor about it all," said Poland Spring spokesperson Jane Lazgin told CNN.

Asked about the thirsty episode on a separate morning news show, Rubio jokingly reached over–out of the shot–to grab a water bottle and take a sip.

"I needed water. What am I going to do, you know?" he said on ABC's "Good Morning America."

On CBS' "This Morning," Rubio was asked if the he needed water because he was nervous.

"No, when you talk a lot, it happens," he said.

During speeches with podiums, he added, speakers normally have some water right there in front of them.

"When you're standing up in front of a camera, you don't have that option," he said. "It had been a long day at work. I already taped an 18-minute speech in Spanish, so I'm just glad the water was nearby, I don't know what I would have done without it."

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soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. griffbos

    Marc looks like he is getting to comfortable in office in is piling on the pounds..........

    February 13, 2013 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  2. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    It was a 15 minute speech....good grief...Rubio has nerves of steel, NOT......now, he blames God....OMG

    February 13, 2013 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "It happens," he continued. "God has a funny way of reminding us we're human."
    Well since you brought Him up....God also has a funny way of reminding you what happens when you're lying....and when you're way out of your league......and when you're a schmuck....oaky so maybe THAT one wasn't God, that one was me!

    February 13, 2013 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    No, when you talk a lot, it happens," he said.
    Yeah, also when you LIE a lot.
    You're jus NOT up to the task Rubio. You can't even give a pre-written, much rehearsed rebuttal without crumbling like a week-old chocolate chip cookie.
    You need to step off the GOP cross and let them find themselves another "saviour". Stop crucifying yourself.

    February 13, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  5. Brent

    Maybe the latinos will wake up now and see the dems really dont care about them . They only use them to get re elected. Wake up! Socialism doesn't work.

    February 13, 2013 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    He needs more maturity, to be able to handle being in front of the camera, without getting nervous.

    His speech content was fine, but he was nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.

    February 13, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  7. Malory Archer

    Ya need a lot more than that little man – Public Speaking 101 to begin with. Your speeches sound like you're reading a script – and you SOUND like you're reading, giving the appearance that even you don't believe what you're trying to sell.

    February 13, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rubio could be seen wiping drips of sweat off his face a few times during his 15-minute response Tuesday night.
    The boy was sweating bullets!
    It just could not get ANY worse for this dilettante pre-Madonna.
    I wish to personally thank the entire GOP crowd and in particular its' nutjob Tea Party faction for providing me with one of the most entertaining and hilarious spectacles I have witnessed since Mitt Romney was slammed into submission by President Obama during the second presidential debate.

    February 13, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  9. GOP = Greed Over People

    "God has a funny way of reminding us we're human."

    And may God help us all if the Rube needs to VOID water during a major, televised speech!!!

    February 13, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  10. Brent

    You know the liberals turned the heat on when Rubio spoke. The libs will do anything to try and make conservatives look bad. Marco 2016!!!!!

    February 13, 2013 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  11. livingston

    Wow. Just wow. So he couldn't over come the need for water until the speech was over? Had he gone without a drink for days and this was his only chance to have one? Can't pull yourself together enough to put off getting a drink for a few minutes? Or not smart enough to take a drink before you started? It isn't like he was giving a 2 hour dissertation! And he is one of the people they want to put up as a Presidential hopeful? Stop the clown car – this one needs to get out.

    February 13, 2013 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  12. Joe M.

    Considering we never saw below his waist, There would not have been any harm with having a table next to him with a bottle of water within grabbing distance, rather than the awkward stretch to get the bottle 5 feet away. Oh well, maybe next SOTU rebuttal.

    February 13, 2013 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  13. SemiAutoAZ

    One man takes a drink of water, the other...your wallet. Liberals outraged.

    February 13, 2013 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  14. yanni

    The guy was attacking the President in personal terms without any merit and he invokes God for his humility. Rubio should know God is not a child and God doesn’t like ugly (in character) people.

    February 13, 2013 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  15. Human

    Best SOTU response ever! Glad to see Rubio drink water and not Kool Aid!

    February 13, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  16. Lauradet

    Rubio had to wipe the sweat from the sides of his forehead and mouth before taking a huge gulp of water to douse the flaming lies that came out his mouth.

    The GOP really picked a wimp to front for them. What a joke!

    February 13, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  17. Anonymous

    This is journalism? Guy speaking pauses for a drink of water?

    February 13, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  18. John

    This. This is news? That's going to be a problem for me....

    February 13, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  19. ggirl

    He needs a reminder that he is human? Inflated ego!

    February 13, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  20. Lauradet

    Rubio read from a TELEPROMPTER....the horror. LOL!

    February 13, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  21. searchingforthetruth

    Great journalism! What a non story. Guess the liberal media couldn't find anything else wrong with this republican fella.

    February 13, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  22. Don Sporns

    The guy was sweating like there is no tomorrow. I would be too if my job was to tell people that Republicans care about the middle class.

    February 13, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  23. Warren

    You also get dry mouth when you are being less then honest.

    February 13, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  24. Thracen

    No *AMERICAN* Spring water? C'mon, Rubio!

    February 13, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  25. Jack

    When you have a smarter talk and lot of sense than Obama, that is the case.

    February 13, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
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