CNN Uses Instant Replay To Mock Rubio's 'Water Bottle-Gate Moment'

By Mike Ciandella | February 13, 2013 | 11:12am EST

CNN treated Marco Rubio reaching for a sip of water like he'd fumbled the ball away in the last seconds of the Super Bowl.

"Social media is all about this," joked CNN's Chris Cuomo, as he reenacted Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) reaching for a water bottle during the February 12 CNN commentary on President Obama's State of the Union address.

CNN then cut to a video of Rubio drinking water during his response to the President's speech. The whole scene played out like commentary from a football game, complete with instant replay of the "blunder."

CBS dubbed the event "Rubio's 'water bottle-gate' moment" and noted how it had set social media atwitter:

"Commentators immediately pounced: On CNN, Wolf Blitzer was captured saying, 'uh oh' as Rubio put the water bottle down again, and gifs of the moment immediately popped up on Twitter."

Nothing like pointing out something completely irrelevant to shift the focus away from the content of what your opponent was saying.

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