Here are the two responses: Rubio for the Repub Machine, Paul for Tea Party. I’m curious to see what you think. Here’s the full text of Rubio’s response:

Here’s Paul’s full text as well.

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  1. yayii says:

    Nice response from Senator Rubio :)

  2. tamcat says:

    I watched both of the responses earlier. Rubio is a good speaker, but not a good shaker. He is only shaking up the media, who seems to be in love with him. Rand Paul however has the concerns that TeaParty has. Give or take a few flaws. And…I believe he does put his money where his mouth is. He will stand up to the Republican machine. Today & tomorrow. He is our best bet thus far to articulate the action needed to show the low informed voters what the TeaParty Republicans can and will do if given their vote. He knows we need to clean house once again in 2014.

  3. blogchick says:

    Senator Paul, in my opinion, articulated clearly the ‘conservative’ message of limited government and individual freedoms.
    Rubio’s rebuttal was good — but certainly not great, by any stretch of the imagination.
    Although many would disagree, I found Rand Paul’s comments to be the highlight of the SOTU circus events.

  4. FrankRemley says:

    I’m sorry but I guess I have to go against the grain here. I don’t trust Sonny Boy Rand one iota. It appears to me that he is attempting to co-opt the Tea Party for his own personal ambitions. Just like his pop did in the 2012 election. I’m sorry but I don’t trust the Senator from Kentucky one bit and I would never in a million years vote for the man. The apple don’t fall too far from the tree.

  5. RuBegonia says:

    It is VERY difficult in the culture of 24/7 news, reality TV, and every celebrity with perfect pearly white teeth, to keep in mind that we need political leaders that can put their money where their pearly white teeth are. We all love the great speechmakers – cant’ get enough of them. In the end, they will disappoint if the rhetoric doesn’t match the reality – day to day in the trenches. Marco Rubio and Rand Paul both seem earnest and honest. Rubio did not sell his soul for a sip of water, but I fear this will always come back to haunt him. His production crew should have had that water bottle right nearby – and he should have casually taken a couple of sips if needed…but now the stolen gulp will rerun in our minds like the disgusting GoDaddy Super Bowl lip-smacking kiss – sound effects and all, thanks to our appetite for the inane.

    • Piratin says:

      Yes, this will come back to haunt him. You could literally see dry mouth happening. I couldn’t believe it. His lips were sticking together. He began touching his mouth. It got worse and worse. He couldn’t enunciate. This was not about a single drink. It was about Rubio being hapless for what seemed to be an eternity.

      His grabbing at the bottle of water (which should have been dignified water in a cup!)looked desperate and furtive – he looked into the camera the entire time, like he was fixated on it. It was so unnatural. He looked so uncomfortable in his skin. He did not look like a leader.

      I cringed when I saw this. Just when you think the GOP couldn’t be dumber – they lost an election that should have been so easy to win and that was so vital to our country – they stumble over this opportunity because they’re too stupid to hire decent handlers or even read a website like this:

      http://www.speaktolead.com/2013/02/tips-for-marco-rubio-to-prevent-dry-mouth.html

  6. Chuck says:

    I don’t fall in love with politicians. Having said that, it’s easy to see why Rand Paul did not deliver the GOP message: he criticized both parties in his speech very effectively while articulating a clear tea party message. Rubio’s message felt like a recycled Paul Ryan speech, very inline with the establishment. From a message perspective, I identify more with Rand Paul’s speech.

    (Kudos to Rubio though for making fun of the water bottle incident by tweeting this after the SOTU response.)

  7. geezee says:

    Rand Paul appears to be a man who will speak his mind. Who’s the last pol we saw do that? Reagan? Rubio always seems to be wagging his tail and asking what we want to hear. I’m sick & tired of a Romney who just rolls over and plays dead in face of facts. At this moment, I’m a Rand Paul fan. of course that could change tomorrow, right? — can’t count on anyone these days, I’m afraid.

  8. midget says:

    Great post Shifra. (You’ve gotta get your own column someday).What Obama is doing to our country reminds me of a line from a Woody Allen movie.”He’s like a brother to me, David Greenglass.”

  9. TX Soldier254 says:

    Marco aka Ronald Reagan looked like he was Stealing something when he took sips of water.

    No RINO’s, Marco ‘Polo’ Rubio is not ready for prime time, forget the message.
    RINO’s continue to give the ‘gentle lady’ in pantsuits and the dark complexion Muslim a pass.

    No Love Given no Love Lost!

    Move On

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