'Water bottle-gate:' Rubio interrupts live response for a quick sip of H2O

'Water bottle-gate:' Rubio interrupts live response for a quick sip of H2O

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by Kens5.com

WCNC.com

Posted on February 13, 2013 at 7:59 PM

In the official GOP rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., made a passionate case for the limited role of government in American society. But the gist of his message was lost on the Twittersphere about 11 minutes in, when the visibly overheated senator broke away for a quick sip of water.

Rubio, who had mopped his brow a few times previously during the speech, was in the midst of maligning what he called "false choices" Mr. Obama laid out between big government and big business. But he interrupted his thought to grab a small water bottle apparently at his side, ducking down and nearly out of of the camera frame, before taking a sip and continuing with his remarks.
 
Rubio, however, acknowledged the incident in a lighthearted post-game tweet -- with a picture of the water bottle in question, along with the hashtag #GOPResponse.

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