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Rubio’s PAC selling water bottles
Posted Feb 14, 2013 by William March
Updated Feb 14, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s political action committee, Reclaim America, is hitting back at what it says is excessive coverage of his famous water break during his State of the Union response speech—it’s selling Rubio water bottles.
“If you’ve watched the media coverage (of the speech), you might think that Marco spent the entire time gulping gallons of water,” Reclaim American spokesman Terry Sullivan said in a fundraising email to supporters.
“Why would they be so focused on a man reaching for water instead of on what he said?” asked Sullivan’s email. “Because they know they can’t effectively tear down his message. So they will try and distract from it. What he said was too conservative, too convincing and frankly too inspiring.”
That may overlook the fact that Rubio himself has repeatedly joked about the incident since it occurred.
Nonetheless, Sullivan’s advice is, “Don’t get angry at the liberals who want to bury what Marco said. Laugh at them. So in that spirit, we here at Reclaim America are launching the official line of Marco Rubio water bottles.”
They’re $25, and you can buy your own Rubio quench container here.