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Marco Rubio takes water break

Posted at 8:21 AM, Feb 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-13 23:23:37-05

(WTVR) -- After President Barack Obama delivered his first State of the Union address for his second term, Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida delivered the GOP's rebuttal.

During the middle of his speech, Senator Rubio turns to take a quick sip of water while keeping his eyes locked on the camera.

The somewhat awkward moment became a viral hit across the internet.

Rubio has been a good sport about it though.

He was shown on morning network shows joking about the incident.

Rubio went as far as to say that it was a moment to reminds us that we're all human.

"I needed water. What am I going to do, you know?" he said on ABC's "Good Morning America."

"It happens," he continued. "God has a funny way of reminding us we're human."

The senator himself acknowledged the awkward break on Twitter afterwards, and the dry-mouth moment instantly went viral.

Rubio was asked on CBS' "This Morning" if he was nervous.

"No, when you talk a lot, it happens," he said.

During speeches with podiums, he added, speakers normally have some water right there in front of them.

"When you're standing up in front of a camera, you don't have that option," he said. "It had been a long day at work. I already taped an 18-minute speech in Spanish, so I'm just glad the water was nearby, I don't know what I would have done without it."

(The CNN wire was used in this report)