The Water Sip Heard Around The World



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Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon considers all the attention Sen. Mark Rubio received, not for his comments on President Obama's State of the Union address, but for the water the Florida senator drank while delivering his remarks.

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SEN. MARCO RUBIO: Good evening. I'm Marco Rubio.


It's being called Water-bottlegate.


RUBIO: Let me begin by...

SIMON: Sen. Marco Rubio, of Florida, gave the Republican rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union message. The senator criticized the president's proposals as adding to the cost, size and scope of government when private industry needs to create new, more and better-paying jobs. But many people on social media platforms couldn't seem to stop chattering about the way Sen. Rubio had to lurch left - to reach for a bottle of drinking water.

RUBIO: ...then false choices like the one the president laid out tonight. (Pauses, takes sip of water.) The choice isn't just...

SIMON: As it was later reported, he'd just given the same speech in Spanish for 18 minutes before speaking in English. So the senator was parched. This week, he's tweeted himself for his ill-timed thirst, and tweeted out a photo of his water bottle. And his political action committee now offers a Rubio water bottle for a donation of $25 or more. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.