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Rubio reaches for water during GOP response

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Like Obama, Rubio sought to align his party with the middle class, using his family and his neighborhood to illustrate his and the GOP’s connection to middle-income households.

The speech was mostly delivered with force, but Rubio at times seemed nervous and cotton-mouthed, patting sweat off his temples a few times and awkwardly pausing to grab an off-camera bottle of water.

That sip caught fire on Twitter and television, and may be what the speech is remembered for.

"It definitely appeared Sen. Rubio was a bit nervous at times, getting dry mouth and finally taking a drink of water," Fox News host Bret Baier said shortly after the speech. Rubio himself took to Twitter to joke about the moment, tweeting a picture of the Poland Springs water bottle he'd taken a drink from.

For more on Rubio's response, click here.