Republicans say Rubio's inopportune 'dry mouth' gaffe will not hamper his '16 presidential prospects

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 14, 2013 09:30 hrs

Republican Senator for Florida, Marco Rubio's inopportune case of dry mouth during his State of the Union response may slow his rapidly rising stock, but will likely have no little lingering impact on his 2016 prospects, Republicans have said.

Republican strategist Bruce Haynes, of Purple Strategies, said that the water moment did not bother him, adding that 'he thought it made him human.

Washington types will snort and buzz about it but it probably made the average voter smile. And for Republicans, making voters smile is a welcome change of pace.

According to Politico, Alex Castellanos, another Republican operative at Purple, said that he thought it was great first step for Marco Rubio and a great first step for the Republican Party, adding that Rubio passed a very tough test, it's like following Secretariat on the race track.

Still, a number of Republicans questioned the wisdom of Rubio giving the response in the first place, suggesting that while he showcased his political strengths, he also highlighted a weakness, that he is still young and relatively new to the national stage.

In the official Republican response to Obama's address, the 41-year-old Rubio perspired under the hot television lights and repeatedly wiped his dry mouth.

Rubio was eventually forced to reach out of the camera shot to grab a small bottle of Poland Spring mineral water in order to ease his thirst.

The Republican operative said the water sip amounts little more than a media-driven distraction. The bigger takeaway is "a new generation of Republican that walked out on the stage last night," the report added. (ANI)

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