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. AP

    Really? .. Really?.... REALLY? – The Miz

    February 13, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  2. Standford

    For sure, dry mouth happens a lot when you’re lying non-stop, hopped-up on coke or meth and really, really “nervous”. Put Mario in the GOP Not Ready For Primetime with Little Bobby and Big Chris!

    February 13, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  3. Peter

    Dont bring middle ages fairy tales into this.

    People will start believing in Santa Claus and we all know how that happened.

    February 13, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  4. callmecrazy

    Who cares about Rubio taking a hit of water. What I found interesting was the religious undertone in this speech. Does that really fare well with the republican base? God help us if he rises to power.

    February 13, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  5. Damian

    Why is this news again?

    February 13, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  6. rs

    I haven't heard as vapid a speech in response to the SOTU address since Jindal. Just the same old lies. The President spends too much, "big government", blah, blah, blah. No policy, no legislation, no fix.
    So the GOP just revealed the Rubio's lack of gravitas. Who's next to right their ship?

    February 13, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  7. Andrew

    Ribio Drinks Water: This matters?

    February 13, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  8. Justjean

    I don't think many actually saw the drink. Rubio was such a downer after the stirring speech of the President Some of us had to switch channels.

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

    This is not news. Everyone is now more stupid for reading this. If you were a part of the "big splash" this created, GET A LIFE.

    February 13, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  10. Ancient Texan

    It was the first time I've seen any hint of being nervousness in Rubio. But his speech was every bit as impressive as Obama's without the arrogance.

    February 13, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  11. Inigo Montoya

    Why is this a story?

    February 13, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  12. ddrew78

    So he needed a drink, no big deal.

    February 13, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  13. Nope

    Actually it was every bit as arrogant without the substance.

    February 13, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Ancient Texan wrote:

    It was the first time I've seen any hint of being nervousness in Rubio. But his speech was every bit as impressive as Obama's without the arrogance.
    You right wing extremists would have more credibility if you let go of the personal attacks. It makes you sound bitter. By the way, Rubio's speech sounded like it was written by the establishment Republicans....but with a little immigration reform thrown in for good measure. It was identical to Romney stump speeches with some Latino pandering thrown in for good measure.

    February 13, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  15. Mack

    President Obama's speech was much longer than Rubio's, but he didn't reach for water.

    February 13, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  16. Carolann Oswald

    Perhaps it is too much to hope that the fine content of Senator Rubio's response speech is much more newsworthy than the fact that he – like so many other speakers quite normally do – refreshed his speaking voice with a sip of water. "Thank you, Senator Rubio, for accepting this challenge, and delivering a candid, common sense, intelligent and problem-solving, response to President Obama's talk." Might CNN lead the way in redirecting our attention to things that really matter?

    February 13, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  17. Shadow

    He did not talk a lot. Excuses...excuses...excuses. His response was weak and unfocused. It had nothing related to the President's speech, it was more ideological points from repubs. For eg...everyone know life is precious...the argument of bigger vs lesser gov. is ancient...nothing new here...waste of video roll time.

    February 13, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  18. Natalie

    Yeah, I have to admit, I didn't see the great water episode either – I fell asleep mid-speech.

    But really – what is the big deal about the water anyway – I don't get it?

    February 13, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  19. Anonymous

    What was almost as funny as him needing water was the fake grin he was sporting right before he went on – my gosh the guy can hole a grin – must of been at least a minute. I believe he is simply a "yes" man – what we really need in Washington are leaders.

    February 13, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  20. floridamom1

    You can tell how much integrity CNN has by the ludicrous headline and videos about Rubio's need for a drink of water and the comments solicited by it on this site. What absolute utter nonsense. Mocking a man because he needed a drink of water? Like that's never happened to you. What kind of people have we become when this is the kind of news that we think is important?

    February 13, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  21. Lisa A.


    February 13, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  22. floridamom1

    What kind of people have we become when this type of article is news? This is nonsense. You have nothing to say about him so you mock him for needing a drink of water? What about all those time those flies managed to make it to the President's face? How come you didn't publish those pictures or talk about the fact that flies like to land on the President's face? Really? This is the most utter nonsense I have ever seen and is a perfect example of why the news media is no longer capable of being the purveyors of news.

    February 13, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  23. John

    Who cares!!!!????!!! The guy was thirsty, people make a big deal out of crap. This is why politicians are professional actors, you act normal and the public is " whooaaaa!!!"

    February 13, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  24. glorydays

    Oh please...this is news?

    February 13, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  25. nick

    He's still a LIGHTWEGIHT and the Party had better start looking for someone else. Hilllary will cut him to shreds no matter how much spanish he speeks

    February 13, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
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