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February 14, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
When Sen. Marco Rubio delivered the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday night, the substance of his remarks was overshadowed by the highly dramatic battle of will between the rising GOP star and his very evident thirst. (He lost, finally lunging for a bottle of Poland Spring after 11 very long minutes.) For Republicans desperate to recast their image and court Hispanic voters, Rubio's water break - and especially the agonizing build-up to it - was an unwelcome distraction.
February 13, 2013 | By Morgan Little, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
WASHINGTON -- Marco Rubio may have been aiming to take charge as the GOP's messenger Tuesday night, but it was his thirst, not his words, that ultimately has driven the narrative about his State of the Union response. The Florida senator, following President Obama's annual address, spoke at length on the contrast between Republican and Democratic visions, accusing Obama of burdening the American people, and the American dream, with unnecessary government action . But it was Rubio's decision to reach off-screen for a small water bottle, anxiously looking at the camera as he took a swig and resumed his address, that captivated the immediate response to the speech.
February 13, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
#GOPResponse #SOTU #gop #tcot… - Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 13, 2013 SAN FRANCISCO -- Twitter runneth over with jokes at the expense of the parched Sen. Marco Rubio who awkwardly broke away to take a desperate sip of water toward the end of his Republican rebuttal to the president's State of the Union speech. Soon the topic was trending on Twitter and hashtags #waterbreak and #watergate threatened to eclipse the "binders full of women" remark from Mitt Romney that lit up Twitter after his presidential debate (and, ahem, water down any serious discussion of the GOP vision to help the middle class that Rubio was trying to outline at the time)
February 11, 2013 | By Paul West, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - When Marco Rubio gives the official Republican response to the State of the Union speech, it will be a chance for the party's fastest-rising star in years to impress millions of voters who have yet to form an opinion of him. But along with the high-profile honor Tuesday night comes intense pressure. It could be particularly acute for Rubio, the first-term senator from Florida. Not only must he meet high expectations, but his speech must find a way to bridge serious splits within his party and, simultaneously, attract voters who have turned away from Republicans in recent elections.
February 8, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)  will deliver the tea party response to President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday -- making his remarks after another “tea party” favorite, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), delivers the official Republican response. This is the third year the tea party movement has fielded an official reaction to the president, as the Republican Party's internal divisions continue to spill into the open. Amy Kremer, chairwoman of Tea Party Express, said the conservative organization was excited that Paul would be following Rubio.
February 6, 2013 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON - The GOP has picked Marco Rubio to respond to President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday, giving the Florida senator a chance to trumpet his party's stances and raise his profile. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch Connell (R-Ky.) announced the decision Wednesday, declaring Rubio to be “a champion of growing the American middle class.” “I'm honored to have this opportunity to discuss how limited government and free enterprise have helped make my family's dream come true in America,” Rubio said in a statement.
November 20, 2012 | By Michael McGough
How old is the Earth? Scientists say 4.5 billion years. But Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) isn't a scientist, so he's not sure. That's what the Republican rising star told an interviewer for GQ who posed the question. “I'm not a scientist, man,” Rubio, a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, said. “I can tell you what recorded history says; I can tell you what the Bible says; but I think that's a dispute amongst theologians, and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States.” In case the interviewer didn't hear him the first time, Rubio added: “I'm not a scientist.
November 19, 2012 | By Morgan Little
Looking for a sign that the Republican Party might have some leaders who can appeal to younger voters? Mitt Romney cited the Beach Boys, Garth Brooks and the Eagles among his favorite musicians, but Sen. Marco Rubio raised some eyebrows Monday with hat tips to N.W.A and Public Enemy. Rubio, 42, who has sparked early 2016 presidential hype with a headlining visit to Iowa over the weekend, spoke to GQ about a number of topics, but his opinions on music and the Earth's age overshadowed his perspective on President Obama and young Republicans.
November 9, 2012 | By Seema Mehta, This post has been updated. See below for details. >
BOSTON - The race for 2016 has officially begun. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will headline a birthday fundraiser for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad next week, a benchmark gathering that is expected to attract hundreds of Republicans in the state that will kick off the next presidential nomination contest. Anytime any politician appears in states like Iowa or New Hampshire, they cause shock waves because of these states' early voting roles in selecting party nominees. PHOTOS: Reactions to Obama's victory “Every single move any national politician makes here is looked at through the caucus lens,” said Tim Albrecht, a spokesman for Branstad.
October 31, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
TAMPA, Fla. -- Mitt Romney offered sunny optimism about the nation's future -- and no direct criticism of President Obama -- as the GOP presidential nominee returned to the campaign trail Wednesday after a pause in stumping as Hurricane Sandy battered the East Coast. Romney, Sen. Marco Rubio and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, speaking at a morning airplane hangar rally here, prefaced their remarks with thoughts about the victims of the major storm that killed dozens and left parts of the Eastern Seaboard underwater.
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