And the next morning, people were still talking about it, the Florida Republican included. He was clearly having a good time with it, too.
In an interview on ‘Good Morning America,’ anchor George Stephanopoulos asked if Rubio had anything to add to the discussion, following the picture of his water bottle that he tweeted on Tuesday night.
“No. I needed water,” he said. “What am I going to do? It happens. God has a funny way of reminding us we’re human.”
“My mouth got dry, and I had to get some water,” he said with a chuckle. “You know, when you give a speech, you have a podium and the water’s right there, but when you don’t, you start looking around, ‘Where am I going to get the water from?’ And I figured I was better off just taking that water and taking the hit for it than being unable to pronounce my words at the end of it.”
Rubio even brought some water with him to the FOX appearance and took a drink before continuing with the interview, proving he’s got a good sense of humor about the whole incident.
Poland Spring, the water featured in the infamous waterbottlegate moment also — finally — reacted on Wednesday to Rubio’s unscripted swig. The company posted a photo on their Facebook timeline, showing a bottle of water admiring itself in a mirror with the caption “Reflecting on our cameo. What a night!”
UPDATE: Rubio was still using #waterbottlegate to his advantage late Wednesday afternoon, tweeting about his huge spike in Twitter followers after the incident on Tuesday night.