Rubio: From gulp to gain
February 14th, 2013
12:38 PM ET
1 year ago

Rubio: From gulp to gain

(CNN) - Sen. Marco Rubio appears to be capitalizing on his really awkward reach for water Tuesday night on national television, as he gave the Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

The senator from Florida and possible 2016 GOP presidential hopeful was quick to react to the much talked about incident, which went viral on-line, and may be able to gain politically from all the attention.

Rubio's political action committee, Reclaim America PAC, which was founded by the senator to help elect conservatives to public office, emailed supporters Wednesday night offering an "official line of Marco Rubio water bottles."

The pricetag? $25.

An official with the PAC told CNN Thursday morning that 2,000 of the water bottles had been sold since 8 pm E.T. Wednesday night.

"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 distract 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.

Rubio himself pitched the water bottles to his Twitter followers, and the episode has increased his number of followers.

"Picked up over 13,000 new followers on #twitter since last night! Im going to start drinking #water in the middle of all of my speeches!" said Rubio on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.

- CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report


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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. ST

    Marco Rubio can gain whatever he can from his remarkable blunder he made, BUT that wasn't his intention. He anticipated to shine and emerged as the GOP star. Unfortunately, it didn't work out and to undo the damage it won't be easy. He has to ask Bobby Jindal how it worked out for him.

    February 14, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The pricetag? $25..."

    So, folks are dishing out $25 for a swig of Rubio sweat as some sort of trophy for supporting a man who really needs to just sit down and remain silent for the next few years?

    OK, then ...

    February 14, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. Thomas

    The man who wants to be King drinks Holy Water , Tweets and Dances .

    Marco Rubio / Rand Paul
    Aqua Buddha Buddies 2016

    February 14, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Surfer George

    "This is not the water drinker you are looking for."

    February 14, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. Florida Joe

    This clown will never make it in 2016 or ever. As soon as they start to vet this guy people will run from him

    February 14, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. Tony

    The truth on Benghazi is that there was not enough funding for embassy security and the administration had to make choices. Whose fault is that?

    February 14, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He couldn't handle a speech for all of 5 minutes or so? That doesn't speak well that he can't plan for a speech where he can't take a drink without looking foolish.

    February 14, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. RomneyWho

    Don't try to lighten Rubio bad night of what should be coined "The Saliva of Lies" where he had to awkwardly take a swig of water to keep from bursting into flames. I think he and his pants was about to experience spontaneous combustion . . . as it were. :(

    February 14, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. Reggie from LA

    Wrapping his lips around that bottle top was the best thing he could have done with that mouth. That other thing he was doing (his early campaigning), that wasn't / isn't working.

    February 14, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. marty

    Marco Rubio exhibited all the signs of nervousness and sweating as an individual does when he knows that what he is saying is not truthful.

    February 14, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  11. mommytwice

    The awkward reach for the water made the speech look amateurish and poorly rehearsed and that is all. All this hoopla is ridiculous.

    February 14, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. RomneyWho

    And I quote ""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."
    ----------------------------------------------------------
    End of quote.
    Oh, and by the way, Rubio message is the same old antiquated republican speaking points that is causing there party to become extinct. Soon the republican party will be no more . . . That's when all of America will be dancing in the street. You lost the presidential election, lost some senate and house seats. Come 2014, you will no longer be the majority in the house. And your token patsy Rubio will have out lived his usefulness. To the lions he will go :(

    February 14, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. 'The Utopian Speech"

    Pres Obama's "State of the Union" ? was he talking about the "50-State Union" calles USA or was he citing a tale for the American People to keep dreaming of the "Land of Utopia"....where all will be peaceful, painless and FREE...nevermind reality which the White House-Dems want to fix with more and more spending...by the time Obama's time is over and done by Nov/2016 the National-debt will stand at $22-trillion or more and that will be Pres Obama's "State of the Union-legacy..." Put in a nutshell......

    February 14, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. Expat American

    How much will Rubio's anti-lice/dandruff shampoo go for? Probably not as much, seeing as the product obviously does not work and left Rubio picking and scratching at his head throughout his delivery of one of Romney's recycled campaign speeches.

    February 14, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. Palin Power

    This is an EPIC FAIL faux paux on Marco Rubio's part. Sarah Palin would never commit such an act. She is superior over RINO Rubio in every single way. Palin will easily PWN Rubio in the GOP primaries and she will sail into the White House in 2016.

    February 14, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. Woman In California

    This coming from the same party who hailed Wilson a hero when he shouted "you lie" to the first half-black POTUS. The truth is, Rubio FAILED miserably and they know it but since they lack qualified minorities, they can't really afford to send him to the back of the bus (at least not right now). The republicans are truly not trying to help the citizens of this country and Rubio's speech definitely confirmed just how truly "mad" these people are.

    February 14, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    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."
    --------------------
    What he said was a near verbatim repeat of the Romney Campaign stump speeches. The American People have already attacked that message by voting it down. The messenger is being criticized for repeating the stuff. Seeing how he was campaign surrorgate, we've heard all of this stuff out his mouth before. What was so different this time? Fact checkers?

    February 14, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. Mack

    Fools and their money are soon parted. He's nothing special, just another corrupt politician bought to you by Koch Inc.

    February 14, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  19. ted

    uh oh, yet another GOP heart throb brought down due to embarrassing moment. Didn't Jindal have an issue also?

    February 14, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. KP

    It's amazing how uninformed most of you who follow cnn are Marco Rubio hit it out of the park unlike The President whos speech was nothing but untruths. I don't understand how you can focus in on ” the water bottle” but not see what's happening to OUR country

    February 14, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  21. Swing State

    No matter what this president said the grand obstructionist party was going to contradict him. When he agrees with them, they contradict him so what's the point?

    February 14, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    RomneyWho

    Don't try to lighten Rubio bad night of what should be coined "The Saliva of Lies" where he had to awkwardly take a swig of water to keep from bursting into flames. I think he and his pants was about to experience spontaneous combustion . . . as it were.
    -------------------------------------------------
    Rubio claimed that he was thirsty.......
    I've held my pee longer than Rubio was able to hold his "thirst".
    How long was his little speech? Five, ten minutes?
    He needs to look at his face when he was reaching for that water bottle like it was a life raft and he was adrift at sea.

    February 14, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. Phil in KC

    Only a right-winger could take a glaring flaw in his performance and spin it as something positive.
    First he wipes one temple, then the other, then the original temple, then the corner of his mouth and I thought that was a poor performance. Then he reaches off-camera for a bottle of water and takes a swig on national TV in the middle of what could arguably be the most important speech of his political career to date. I couldn't believe it. I was sure he would be crucified. But no......

    February 14, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. eunice

    marko rubio ani't nobody he is a liar just like the rest of the GOP

    February 14, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. lolo

    They have money to spend on foolishness, but not to help their fellow Americans when and if they are in need. The Republican/Tea Party thugs are going down. Rubio is another Palin, Bachman, Cain, Santorium, Perry and Romney. He is not ready for prime time. Just talking out the side of his neck.

    February 14, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
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