Rubio reacts to buzz over "thirsty moment" during State of the Union response

Florida senator tweets out photo of water bottle after on-air speech

Published On: Feb 13 2013 06:20:06 AM EST   Updated On: Feb 13 2013 08:52:53 AM EST
Rubio drinks water during Republican response
WASHINGTON, D.C. -

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address included an impromptu water break to quench his thirst.

Rubio appeared to wipe away sweat during his rebuttal from the Speaker's conference room in the U.S. Capitol shortly after Obama's address. At one point, Rubio reached out with his left hand and took a quick swig of water from a small Poland Spring water bottle.

The brief sip of water lit up social media outlets such as Twitter, with people commenting on Rubio's thirst.

Garrett Jackson, Mitt Romney's personal aide during his 2012 presidential bid, tweeted that he "would have had that water bottle closer, had it been the Gov. Haha. Marco needs an aide."

Rubio tweeted a photo of the water bottle, with the message "#GOPResponse #SOTU #tcot."