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Marco Rubio offers philosophical rebuttal (Takes water break in the middle of his speech)
Hotair ^ | 02/13/2013 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 02/13/2013 7:19:51 AM PST by SeekAndFind

As I wrote earlier, I'm no fan of State of the Union speeches. I'm usually no fan of the opposition-party responses, either, for a variety of reasons. First, they suffer in comparison to the pomp offered the President and can't avoid seeming anti-climactic. The only person who ever really got that was Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, who arranged to give his response in 2010 in the Virginia legislature, with his fellow Republicans offering applause in a venue that at least approximated that enjoyed by Barack Obama.

However, at least rhetorically, Marco Rubio took the correct path in responding to the usual SOTU laundry-list speech. In his rebuttal, Rubio stayed away from offering the Republican legislative agenda, and instead stuck to the Republican and conservative philosophies of governing and economics. Rather than try to compete with Santa Claus, Rubio explained that, in the words of Robert Heinlein, there ain't no such thing as a free lunch:

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This opportunity — to make it to the middle class or beyond no matter where you start out in life — it isn’t bestowed on us from Washington. It comes from a vibrant free economy where people can risk their own money to open a business, and when they succeed, they hire more people, who in turn invest or spend the money they make, helping others start a business and create jobs.

Presidents in both parties — from John F. Kennedy to Ronald Reagan — have known that our free-enterprise economy is the source of our middle-class prosperity.

But President Obama, he believes it’s the cause of our problems, that the economic downturn happened because our government didn’t tax enough, spend enough, or control enough. And, therefore, as you heard tonight, his solution to virtually every problem we face is for Washington to tax more, borrow more, and spend more. This idea — that our problems were caused by a government that was too small — it’s just not true. In fact, a major cause of our recent downturn was a housing crisis created by reckless government policies.

And the idea that more taxes and more government spending is the best way to help hardworking middle-class taxpayers, that’s an old idea that’s failed every time it’s been tried.

More government isn’t going to help you get ahead; it’s going to hold you back. More government isn’t going to create more opportunities; it’s going to limit them. And more government isn’t going to inspire new ideas, new businesses, and new private-sector jobs; it’s going to create uncertainty.

Because more government breeds complicated rules and laws that small businesses can’t afford to follow. Because more government raises taxes on employers who then pass the costs on to their employees through fewer hours, lower pay, and even layoffs. And because many government programs that claim to help the middle class often end up hurting them.

The only agenda item/hobby horse mention from Rubio was not a proposal for another government program. Rubio proposed yet again a balanced budget amendment to force government to live within its means. There are risks with this idea, which we’ve covered in depth, but as we continue to see massive annual deficits adding to our rapidly rising national debt, the risks are outweighed by the potential for catastrophe in the future.

Rubio also offered a stinging rebuttal to Obama’s demagoguery:

But his favorite attack of all is that those of us who don’t agree with him, that we only care about rich people. Mr. President, I still live in the same working-class neighborhood I grew up in. My neighbors aren’t millionaires; they’re retirees who depend on Social Security and Medicare. They’re workers who have to get up early tomorrow morning and go to work to pay the bills. They’re immigrants who came here because they were stuck in poverty in the countries where the government dominated the economy.

The tax increases and the deficit spending you propose will hurt middle-class families. It will cost them their raises. It will cost them their benefits. It may even cost some of them their jobs. And it will hurt seniors because it does nothing to save Medicare and Social Security.

So, Mr. President, I don’t oppose your plans because I want to protect the rich. I oppose your plans because I want to protect my neighbors, hard-working middle-class Americans who don’t need us to come up with a plan to grow the government. They need a plan to grow the middle class.

Economic growth is the best way to help the middle class. Unfortunately, our economy actually shrank during the last three months of 2012. But if we can get the economy to grow at just 4 percent a year, it would create middle-class jobs and it would reduce our deficits by almost $4 trillion over the next decade.

Tax increases can’t do this. Raising taxes won’t create private- sector jobs. And there’s no realistic tax increase that could lower our deficits by almost $4 trillion. That’s why I hope the president will abandon his obsession with raising taxes and instead work with us to achieve real growth in our economy.

It was an effective rebuttal, and well delivered. Instead of trying to outdo Obama on government freebies, Rubio offered a clear explanation of why those promises won’t work, and most of them won’t even be tried. At the same time, Rubio reset the Republican approach to middle-class economics, a point not lost on Politico’s Jonathan Martin:

The selection of Rubio to speak for his party marked the latest, and perhaps most overt, step in the GOP’s rehabilitation project since Election Day, an effort to repackage its identity without altering its policies.

And at four separate moments in his remarks, Rubio went to great lengths to get the message across: The GOP isn’t the party of rich white guys. …

Later, Rubio returned to the personal, noting that he had to foot his own college bills. “When I finished school, I owed over $100,000 in student loans, a debt I paid off just a few months ago,” he said.

And ,if he hadn’t gotten his point across, Rubio came back to his class identity toward the end of his remarks in a paean to Medicare.

“It provided my father the care he needed to battle cancer and ultimately die with dignity,” said Rubio of government health insurance for the elderly. “And it pays for the care my mother receives now. “

And if you thought you heard a common phrase laced throughout the remarks, you did: “Middle-class” came in for 16 mentions.

Just for the record, Obama’s much-longer speech only had eight mentions of the “middle class.”

Rubio provided himself a good argument for his ascendancy as the public leader of the Republican Party, not just on policy but also on philosophy. I’d bet that Rubio’s speech gets remembered for its content longer than Obama’s SOTU retread.

That being said, the time to hydrate is before the cameras roll.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: marcorubio; rubio; sotu

1 posted on 02/13/2013 7:19:54 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

It looked like he was on the verge of coughing or choking...that’s happened to all of us. The Dems are making some big deal out of this...then they can ignore what he said. Bunch of a****.


2 posted on 02/13/2013 7:24:04 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

Rubio passed.

He’s in the running. Who is next?


3 posted on 02/13/2013 7:25:15 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: Sacajaweau

To the Dems: There are more pressing issues in this country that who took a drink of water when...


4 posted on 02/13/2013 7:33:21 AM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: SeekAndFind

He probably had to wash down the bad taste of talking about Obama’s lies!


5 posted on 02/13/2013 7:35:05 AM PST by GreatMan
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Ted Cruz, we could use 50 like him in the Senate


6 posted on 02/13/2013 7:37:00 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GreatMan
One word describes Obama's SOTU speech last night:

TEDIUM

He said nothing new and it's the same tired, old let's-start-a-government-program-for-this-problem schtick.
7 posted on 02/13/2013 7:38:28 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Sacajaweau
It looked like he was on the verge of coughing or choking...that’s happened to all of us. The Dems are making some big deal out of this...then they can ignore what he said. Bunch of a****.

Perhaps the best response would be a video encyclopedia, posted on YouTube, of every time Obama got a drink of water while the cameras rolled. With slow-motion replays of the times he did it awkwardly.

8 posted on 02/13/2013 7:43:17 AM PST by Bryan
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To: illiac; Sacajaweau

SOURCE:

http://washingtonexaminer.com/marco-rubio-explains-water-moment-god-has-a-funny-way-of-reminding-us-were-human/article/2521407?custom_click=rss

Sen. Marco Rubio joked with Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos about his “water moment” last night, when he paused during his speech last night to gulp some water. The event prompted a flurry of Twitter chatter before Rubio’s speech was finished.

When Stephanopoulos asked about the moment, Rubio grinned and reached for a bottle of water.

“I mean I needed water, what am I going to do?” he said. “God has a funny way of reminding us we’re human.


9 posted on 02/13/2013 7:45:32 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: GeronL

Haven’t seen too much yet out these parts, from Ted Cruz.

Have however seen some (very) strong feedback here on FR.

Remain waiting to see about Ted. Seems good from the feedback.


10 posted on 02/13/2013 7:47:07 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: Bryan

INTERVIEW WITH GEORGE STEPHANOPOLOUS:

“I mean I needed water, what am I going to do?” Rubio said. “God has a funny way of reminding us we’re human.”
11 posted on 02/13/2013 7:47:28 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: illiac

RE: To the Dems: There are more pressing issues in this country that who took a drink of water when.

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To the Libs, having a sip of water is SO much worse than carrying a teleprompter in your pocket for any speech, even to elementary school children, or letting Americans die in Benghazi, for that matter.


12 posted on 02/13/2013 7:49:51 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Human....so unlike our current _resident....


13 posted on 02/13/2013 7:49:53 AM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: Bryan

I’d rather see videosof Michelle eating with her mouth open....or with her elbows on the table...


14 posted on 02/13/2013 7:51:32 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: SeekAndFind

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nestleuk/3440678199


15 posted on 02/13/2013 7:55:45 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Bryan

At least Rubio doesn’t draw flies...something that has happened so often that the European press has even started snickering about it.


16 posted on 02/13/2013 8:06:40 AM PST by livius
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To: SeekAndFind

I went to DummyUnderground and apparently the deranged denizens there thought this was the worst gaffe ever committed by any politician ever. They just couldn’t get over Rubio taking a sip of water.


17 posted on 02/13/2013 8:15:42 AM PST by driftless2
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To: driftless2

FROM POLITICO:

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Here’s a look at what watchers had to say on Twitter:

Oh Lord, I am thirsty now. #gulpgate Rubio was thirsting for fame and got hot and bothered with it all tonight. #Gulp #SOTU2013— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) February 13, 2013

I blame climate change for Rubio’s unseasonal thirst.— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) February 13, 2013

Rubio - looking for a job as a bottled water spokesman, apparently.— Brad Woodhouse (@woodhouseb) February 13, 2013

Republicans. Sponsored by: water. Refreshing.— Marc Ambinder (@marcambinder) February 13, 2013

Now, if Rubio reached for a mojito that would have been awesome.— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) February 13, 2013

Rubio going the way of Jindal - just slightly more nervous and with a little bit more sweat.— Stephanie Cutter (@stefcutter) February 13, 2013

Jesus walked on water. Rubio drank it #saviors (ok, done)— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) February 13, 2013

MT @mmurraypolitics: Rubio is a very fine speaker, but tonight was a reminder why giving the SOTU response is a tough assignment— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 13, 2013

As I was saying… RT @joshmcelveen Marco Rubio “These pretzels are making me thirsty.”— Garance Franke-Ruta (@thegarance) February 13, 2013

Rubio is generally a very, very good speaker. But that was
not it.— Taegan Goddard (@politicalwire) February 13, 2013
Marco Rubio takes a panicked swig of water — again and again gifboom.com/x/99f8db90— Salon.com (@Salon) February 13, 2013
The Rubio water thing is the move that launched a 1,000 .gifs.— The Fix (@TheFix) February 13, 2013

Well delivered story telling for Rubio but at once sweating and thirsty. Did that happen in Spanish version?— Kelly O’Donnell (@KellyO) February 13, 2013

If Rubio had chugged a Shiner Bock instead of fru-fru bottled water, he might have my vote.— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) February 13, 2013

Even Marco Rubio is playing Marco Rubio drinking games.— brad plumer (@bradplumer) February 13, 2013

Maybe TIME Mag was right about Rubio being a “savior.” John 19:28: “So that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, ‘I thirst.’”— Chris Moody (@Chris_Moody) February 13, 2013

Twiiter going off on Marco Rubio water bottle. Really dousing him— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) February 13, 2013

Coming up next: exclusive interview w/ Marco Rubio’s water bottle.— Matt Mackowiak (@MattMackowiak) February 13, 2013
And Marco Rubio’s water moment has a hashtag: #gulpgate— Russell Schaffer (@RussOnPolitics) February 13, 2013

Good line ?RT @grossdmYou’ve heard of arch-conservatives? Rubio is a parched-conservative. #sotu— EJ Dionne (@EJDionne) February 13, 2013

Rubio should auction the water bottle to some rich political dorks & donate the proceeds to charity. BOOM! I am a PR wizard.— Scott Conroy (@RealClearScott) February 13, 2013

“An equally impassioned drink of water that is trending on Twitter” -@bwilliams on Marco Rubio’s drink during response— TODAY(@todayshow) February 13, 2013

Stay thirsty, Americans - Marco Rubio— Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) February 13, 2013


18 posted on 02/13/2013 8:23:02 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

19 posted on 02/13/2013 8:49:48 AM PST by ksen
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To: SeekAndFind

“God has a funny way of reminding us we’re human.”

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How refreshing to hear a politician refer to God and know that he actually believes in Him.


20 posted on 02/13/2013 8:50:16 AM PST by proud American in Canada (Please pray for America. She needs God's help more than ever now.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The only person who ever really got that was Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, who arranged to give his response in 2010 in the Virginia legislature, with his fellow Republicans offering applause in a venue that at least approximated that enjoyed by Barack Obama.

Smart man - it's all about putting on a show so showmanship counts.

21 posted on 02/13/2013 8:52:14 AM PST by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: SeekAndFind

Rubio reached for his own water. The media carries obongo’s for him.


22 posted on 02/13/2013 8:56:46 AM PST by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: proud American in Canada

RE: How refreshing to hear a politician refer to God and know that he actually believes in Him.

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Barack Obama does not need to drink water. He is our Lord and Savior (as per Jamie Foxx ):

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2012/11/26/jamie-foxx-calls-obama-our-lord-and-savior


23 posted on 02/13/2013 9:15:49 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

If the GOP and Rubio ‘had a scrotum’ (in the wordsd of Ted Nuggent) rubio would have had several elderly peopel who’s lives were saved BECAUSE THEY HAD GUNS, aqnd who would not be alive today if it werre not for the guns, and he woudl have had several elserly people stating howe it’s now nearly impossible to survive on what they get because prices have risen so dramatically over hte last 4 years DESPITE the claim that there ‘has been no cost of livign icnrease’ and have the peopel explain how EVERYTHING has infact goen up greatly, and had several families who became homeless because of dear leader’s policies, and had energy experts on who showed how peopel are goign to have to brace themselves for SEVERE energy price icnreases

For every victom of gun violence the left trots out, the right shoudl IMMEDIATELY be trotting otu seven peopel who were SAVED thanks to having the right to own and use guns.

AND had the GOP and rubio any scrotum- he woudl have made it clear that if the president is goign to ignore the peopel are ram through uncosntitutional laws and executive orders, that he woudl face impeachement proceedures for deriliction of duty.

Rubios speech as ‘OK’- nothign special- Nothing awe inspiring- it was just ‘ok’- period- NOONE is paying attention to it because it lacked spine- As Nuggent said- you don’t fight these thugs on the left with sob stories and facts- you fight htem with the same kind of force they have been usign so succesfully agaisnt the right for decades now- once you do, you will begin to see what cowards they really are- but apaprently the GOP isn’t up to the task anymore-

But, We all know the right has lost it’s scrotum (in the words of Nuggent)


24 posted on 02/13/2013 9:57:57 AM PST by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: driftless2

The rigth AND fox news ‘could’ countrer this IF they act RIGHT NOW by puttign together videos of all the assinien gaffs made by ‘dear leader’, bieden, hillarybeast,kkkuomo- etc etc etc- and runnign it over and over and over again- but of course the right doesn’t want to defend itself and is cotnent beign made to look like jackasses by the left- The left has learned that the right has ‘lost it’s scrotum’ (in the immortal words of Ted Nuggent)


25 posted on 02/13/2013 10:04:04 AM PST by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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