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Below, in case you missed it live, Sen. Marco Rubio’s reply to President Obama’s State of the Union Address. (The tape runs about 14 minutes.)

Well? What think? How’d Marco do?

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  1. Profile photo of Bereket Kelile Member

    During Obama’s SOTU I was thinking that Dr. Ben Carson should have been tapped to give the GOP response. Better yet, maybe they could have just played the video of his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast as the response. 

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    • February 13, 2013 at 1:00 am
  2. Profile photo of BrentB67 Inactive

    I think if the some of the best things we can say is that he didn’t fail then it is hard to call the speech a success. That isn’t Senator Rubio’s fault. I don’t think anyone hits a home run doing these rebuttals. 

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    • February 13, 2013 at 4:53 am
  3. Profile photo of La Tapada Member

    I liked his point that poor immigrants come to the U.S. because the opportunities in their own country have been killed by the government there being too big and bureaucratic (my paraphrase). This is a very short (and maybe simple to understand) bullet point that Republicans could repeat and repeat and repeat and it might get through.

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    • February 13, 2013 at 5:30 am
  4. Profile photo of Chris Campion Thatcher
    KeystoneStater: Why couldn’t he say we want a country where all can strive to be rich and hated by the president. 

    Now that would be my American dream. · 4 hours ago

    This is my new favorite saying. “Let’s all strive to be rich and hated by the President.”

    The corollary being “Let’s all strive to be poor and loved by the President”.

    If you get to pick either of those two lives, which one would you pick?

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    • February 13, 2013 at 5:42 am
  5. Profile photo of Johnny Dubya Member

    I like the idea of having a non-politician deliver the SOTU response. Why the heck not? The GOP could have capitalized on the sudden notoriety of Dr. Carson. It would have the added benefit of not putting an actual officeholder at risk for ridicule, as the GOP is now amassing a track record of awkwardness in the rebuttal.

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    • February 13, 2013 at 6:53 am
  6. Profile photo of Joan of Ark La Tex Member
    BrentB67: I think if the some of the best things we can say is that he didn’t fail then it is hard to call the speech a success. That isn’t Senator Rubio’s fault. I don’t think anyone hits a home run doing these rebuttals. · 2 hours ago

    I agree. It sounds very much like reruns of the election speeches. Which we already know won less than half the country. Then again, it’s a response speech, it’s defensive by nature. 

    If the GOP was awake, they would have weaved in Carson somewhere in this speech. That would really increase Carson’s spotlight and lead more people to his visionary message. 

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    • February 13, 2013 at 7:39 am
  7. Profile photo of DrewInWisconsin Member

    The speech was good and he said all the right things. But folks, we’ve been saying these same things for over four years, and nobody’s listening. I doubt Rubio convinced anyone who wasn’t already eager to be shut of Obama and his marauding pack of statists. But did he convince the fence-sitters? The low-information voters who gave us for more years of Obama? 

    The people he needed to convince weren’t even listening. Seems to me that Step One is to get people to pay attention. Step Two — a speech like Rubio’s — happens after you achieve Step One.

    So, good speech, good response, that won’t move the needle an inch. Sadly.

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    • February 13, 2013 at 8:00 am
  8. Profile photo of Joan of Ark La Tex Member
    DrewInWisconsin: The speech was good and he said all the right things. But folks, we’ve been saying these same things for over four years, and nobody’s listening. I doubt Rubio convinced anyone who wasn’t already eager to be shut of Obama and his marauding pack of statists. But did he convince the fence-sitters? The low-information voters who gave us for more years of Obama? 

    The people he needed to convince weren’t even listening. Seems to me that Step One is to get people to pay attention. Step Two — a speech like Rubio’s — happens after you achieve Step One.

    So, good speech, good response, that won’t move the needle an inch. Sadly. · 10 minutes ago

    Yeap, when we conservatives are yawning too. Well, maybe it’s time to reinvent? 

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    • February 13, 2013 at 8:19 am
  9. Profile photo of TheSophist Inactive

    “middle class” is the new “for the children”

    Gah.

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    • February 13, 2013 at 8:27 am
  10. Profile photo of Merina Smith Member

    Isn’t the point of being a conservative that we have some basic tried and true principles? We aren’t trying to invent anything–we’re using our principles to fix current problems. We need a spokesman who understands our prinicples and can commnicate them effectively in terms people can relate to when making their voting choices. Rubio does this very effectively IMHO.

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    • February 13, 2013 at 8:47 am
  11. Profile photo of Don Tillman Member

    Um, this water bottle thing seems to be sweeping the interwebs.

    This could be a tremendous unintentional promotion for his speech. Who’d a’thunk?

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    • February 13, 2013 at 8:52 am
  12. Profile photo of curtmilr Inactive

    The Rubio speech itself was decently delivered, formulaic, and substantially what was expected.

    The flop sweat was off-putting. Most speakers sip water, but it should have been in easy reach, not out of frame.

    The rebuttals are designed to be diminished in appearance to the SOTU.

    Overall, pretty good.

    I liked Sen. Paul’s speech about principles better!

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    • February 13, 2013 at 9:42 am
  13. Profile photo of Joe Escalante Contributor

    Some may criticize the move to do this in Spanish as well, but on Spanish language radio today it’s ALL they were talking about. He had some supporters and some haters, but he was the ENTIRE conversation. He’s on the average Spanish speaker’s radar in a new way now.

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    • February 13, 2013 at 9:55 am
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    Peter Robinson Post author
    Joe Escalante: Some may criticize the move to do this in Spanish as well, but on Spanish language radio today it’s ALL they were talking about. He had some supporters and some haters, but he was the ENTIRE conversation. He’s on the average Spanish speaker’s radar in a new way now. · 3 minutes ago

    Bueno!

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    • February 13, 2013 at 9:58 am
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    JHM

    Muy bueno!

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    • February 13, 2013 at 10:01 am
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    Anonymous

    He just put this photo up on Twitter

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    • February 13, 2013 at 10:09 am
  17. Profile photo of Joe Escalante Contributor

    Considering all Huffpo can talk about is Rubio actually drinking water, I’d say it was a success.

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    • February 13, 2013 at 10:11 am
  18. Profile photo of Merina Smith Member

    He is at once eloquent and sensible, an intellectual with the common touch. Bravissimo!

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    • February 13, 2013 at 10:13 am
  19. Profile photo of Pencilvania Member

    Know what would have been great? If Dr. Ben Carson had handed him the water.

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    • February 13, 2013 at 10:23 am
  20. Profile photo of Joe Inactive
    Joe

    Marco Rubio was a solid warm-up act – decent, but left you wanting more so that the main attraction blew the Marshalls out. Rand Paul 2016!

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    • February 13, 2013 at 10:34 am
  21. Profile photo of Jan-Michael Rives Inactive

    Mostly good content, mostly good delivery. He was sweating and fidgeting, a bit, and of course there’s the water thing. Would have been better if, before reaching for it he had said, “excuse me for a moment, it’s very hot under these lights” and then gone for the water. For some reason people giving speeches feel the need to be artificial to the breaking point. See: Obama’s overwrought “CITIZENS!!!” line.Steve Jobs was the only guy I can think of who could deliver a speech naturally.

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    • February 13, 2013 at 10:36 am
  22. Profile photo of Cunctator Inactive

    I woulda said with a wink “solamente agua…..”

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    • February 13, 2013 at 10:43 am
  23. Profile photo of Frustrated iPad User Inactive

    I think Paquette was proven right. Skip the rebuttal.

    Alternatively, I have a theory that the old guard likes to send the up and comers out for the rebuttal to blunt their rise to power.

    On the idea of sending out some one else. How about a soldier? They could have sent that young woman out who shot the Fort Hood terrorist. She could have talked about how after tying himself to her good deed, the President has been a major part of the willful bad treatment of the victims of the shooter.

    Millions for victims in any swing state or blue state, but forget about it if you are shot by a terrorist targeting a military target for a change.

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    • February 13, 2013 at 10:58 am
  24. Profile photo of Karen Member

    The water bottle grab was a little awkward, but I liked that it was awkward. I had an idea of what he was gonna say, but there was a sense of immediacy and unpolished enthusiasm in his tone and body language. I like that. He’s rough around the edges, but he’s fired up! That’s what we need. Though he was obviously nervous, I think there was a humanness there that will resonate with people.

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    • February 13, 2013 at 11:21 am
  25. Profile photo of Joe Inactive
    Joe
    Blue Yeti: He just put this photo up on Twitter:

    Talking Head 1: This was a huge gaffe on Rubio’s part. Poland Springs is owned by Nestle, a Swiss company. This reminds middle class voters of one thing: Swiss bank accounts. Count on an apology sometime next week. 

    Talking Head 2: Actually, this could signal a change in the political winds. Nestle USA contributed 56% of its political contributions to Democrats in 2008, versus 44% for Republicans. Voters are interested to see who business is getting behind, and it’s looking like Rubio.

    Talking Head 3: No-one’s really talking about the environmental angle here, which the electorate cares deeply about. The small bottles have a much higher plastic-to-water ratio, and you’re getting a cap no matter what size you buy. It may seem silly, but these small subliminal messages add up, and the GOP will need every vote it can get.

    Talking Head 4: I disagree. Drinking water reminded on-the-fence voters that he’s human. It was a spontaneous moment that no speech prep could plan for. I’ll be looking forward to the focus group results on this one.

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    • February 13, 2013 at 11:46 am
  26. Profile photo of Israel P. Member

    “We agree with our president” about corporate tax rates. WRONG WRONG WRONG!

    He has to say “I am glad that our president agrees with us…”

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    • February 13, 2013 at 12:07 pm
  27. Profile photo of Peter Robinson Founder
    Peter Robinson Post author
    Pencilvania: Know what would have been great? If Dr. Ben Carson had handed him the water. · 1 hour ago

    I’d have died of sheer joy.

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    • February 13, 2013 at 12:20 pm
  28. Profile photo of SteveS Inactive

    I enjoyed his speech and the authenticity of actually needing water when your dry and a little amped and nervous perhaps.

    I didn’t like the continued use of the term “middle class”. It was used it so often in his speech we could create a new drinking game using it.

    I wish he could have used the phrase american people or the like. You can’t speak of someone striving freely toward the American dream and say the sky’s the limit and then limit that someone to the middle class. Why couldn’t he say we want a country where all can strive to be rich and hated by the president. 

    Now that would be my American dream.

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    • February 13, 2013 at 12:43 pm
  29. Profile photo of Sweezle Member

    What I liked most about Rubio’s speech were his ideas about how to grow the economy and what really helps the middle class.

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    • February 14, 2013 at 3:52 am
  30. Profile photo of flownover Inactive

    doble to follow

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    • February 14, 2013 at 5:36 am
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