Rubio allies try turning water to cash
February 13th, 2013
09:46 PM ET
1 year ago

Rubio allies try turning water to cash

(CNN) – Sen. Marco Rubio’s awkward sip of water Tuesday may have fueled jabs from his political rivals, but even his friends saw an upside to the viral moment.

The Reclaim America PAC, which was founded by Rubio to help elect conservatives to public office, emailed supporters Wednesday offering an “official line of Marco Rubio water bottles.”

“If you've watched the media coverage … you might think that Marco spent the entire time gulping gallons of water,” the missive to supporters read, arguing the media focus on the sip was intended to district from the Florida Republican’s message.

“What he said was too conservative, too convincing and frankly too inspiring for some in the media and their liberal allies,” the letter said. “So instead of attacking his message they attack the messenger. We've seen it before but it won't work this time.”

“Don't get angry at the liberals who want to bury what Marco said. Laugh at them,” the note concluded, with a link where backers could purchase the Rubio-branded water bottles.

The pricetag? $25.

Rubio himself pitched the water bottles to his Twitter followers, after writing:

And what about the manufacturer of Rubio’s choice of water Tuesday, Poland Spring?

“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,” Poland Spring spokesperson Jane Lazgin told CNN.

“We are very glad that people reach for Poland Spring from the left and the right,” she added.

CNN's Ashley Killough and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. will never vote Republician again

    What a dweeb Marco is!

    February 13, 2013 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  2. Ed1

    And this is news worthy why if this all you can come up with after his speech about the State of the Union great then you know he is telling the truth unlike Obama fact checks tore him apart.

    February 13, 2013 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  3. Evergreen

    I am going to need a lot more popcorn. LOL

    February 13, 2013 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  4. Randy, San Francisco

    Sen Rubio is another Republican/Tea Party presidential hopeful who isn't ready for prime time. He embarassed himself like Gov Jindal.

    February 13, 2013 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  5. FREEDOM

    Love it – cheers!

    February 14, 2013 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  6. Wal

    Too far to the right to reach a botle in the center left. If you need help the left side is always there.

    February 14, 2013 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  7. Pedro

    As long as Republicans cling to their plastic bottles, Obama's climate change pitch will stall.

    February 14, 2013 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  8. Thomas

    In exchange for a $25 donation to Rubio's political action committee, the Reclaim America PAC will send you an official "Marco Rubio water bottle."
    "Send the liberal detractors a message that not only does Marco Rubio inspire you…he hydrates you too," the page reads.
    The Reclaim America PAC, which was founded by Rubio to help elect conservatives to public office, emailed supporters Wednesday offering an “official line of Marco Rubio water bottles.”

    Imagen if Rubio sold used cars .

    February 14, 2013 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  9. RomneyWho

    Rubio and his right wing compadres are not just desperate, they are with out a doubt, clowns! :(

    February 14, 2013 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  10. sifto

    How "refreshing!"–the future POTUS turns the liberal media's sword back on them! What a sense of humor! methinks they are picking on someone far too tough and smart for them! Rubio did not work his tail off to be a success in America only to be shot down by pathetic liberal media......

    February 14, 2013 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  11. Name lynn

    Who want rubio water is nasty an posion just like him, dont let water get on the market people might buy it or not i would leave his water there an go natural water it better.

    February 14, 2013 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  12. Gurgyl

    This gut is a nut and an idiot. No big deal.

    February 14, 2013 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  13. Marie MD

    Once again the rethugs/tea baggers don't realize that the joke is on them. Your anchor baby looked like a teenager going to his first prom. Uoprepared and if you can't gtet through a 15 minute teleprompter rant that had absolutely NOTHING to do with what the President REALLY spoke about then you are not ready for prime time. Next!
    It was laughable and so sad at the same time.
    I'll be drinking anything and everything BUT Poland water from now on. I don't agree with anything this baby flip flopper says so I don't want to be seen with anything he drinks.

    February 14, 2013 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  14. The NRA is a T e r r o r i st organisation....Arming Mentally Unbalanced People to Kill Innocent Children

    When you start choking on your LIES you only option out is to reach out and DRNIK SOME WATER!!!!

    Rubio is now the latest clown out of the GOP clown car of IDIOTS!!!!

    February 14, 2013 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  15. Marty, FL

    Rubio unfortunately revealed once again his hypocrisy and not ready for prime time.

    Instead reinventing the party, Rubio chose to ditto the same old ideological talking points leftover from the last campaigns.

    February 14, 2013 08:00 am at 8:00 am |