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Marco Rubio: ‘I’m Just Glad the Water Was Nearby’

Unfortunately for him, and the GOP, the most talked-about moment from Sen. Marco Rubio‘s Republican response to the State of the Union address last night was his thirst.

Rubio paused mid-speech and reached off-camera for a small water bottle, took a swig, a gave a gulp heard ’round America.

“I needed water, what am I going to do?” said Rubio on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “I’m just glad the water was nearby,” he told “CBS This Morning.” Rubio told “Fox & Friends” he had a plan, all along: “I figured I would be better off taking the water and taking the hit for it than being unable to pronounce my words.”

2012 GOP VP nominee Rep. Paul Ryan, who gave the Republican response last year, went on “CBS This Morning” and had some advice for Rubio, and whoever does the speech next year: “My secret is, you put a cough drop in your mouth.”

Halls Mentholatum – 1. Rubio – 0. Here it is, if you haven’t seen it:

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Beyonce, Jay-Z and the GOP

Beyonce’s stirring rendition of the National Anthem may go down as the highlight of the Inauguration, but the mere presence of Beyonce and Jay-Z is not going unnoticed by TV news anchors.

“As the strange bed fellows that inaugurations are made, we just had the number three republican in the house (Rep. Kevin McCarthy-CA) taking an iPhone picture of Beyonce and Jay-Z,” said Brian Williams on NBC. A few minutes later on CBS, Scott Pelley added, “Talk about unity. In one shot you have Jay-Z and Paul Ryan. I don’t know under what circumstances you would ever have those men in the same frame.”

The crew on Fox News also recognized the Ryan/Jay-Z shot, with Brit Hume adding, “By the way, she looks stunning!” To which Chris Wallace joked, “Watch out. Brent Musberger got in trouble for that my friend.”

Charlie Rose, Norah O’Donnell, Gayle King And Paul Ryan’s Trainer Walks Into a Committee Room…

This week “CBS This Morning” broadcast from the House Ways & Means Committee hearing room. During a commercial break, Rep. Paul Ryan stopped by to say hello, and he brought along his personal trainer Charlie. Either Charlie is a big ‘CBS This Morning” fan, or the anchors are big PX90 fans, because they gathered together for a group photo. Rep. Ryan had the honor of holding the iPhone and snapping the photo:

The Morning Ticker: Karl & Ryan, Snyder & London, Hope & Hearts

  • ABC’s Jonathan Karl gets the first network TV interview with GOP VP nominee Paul Ryan. Karl’s interview with the airs tonight on “World News.” Ryan has already spoken with local TV stations in Wisconsin.

  • Tracy Snyder is leaving her role as evening assignment manager at NBC Newschannel for a Senior Desk Editor position at NBC News in London. Tracy, who has extensive international coverage under her belt, has spent the last 10 years at the affiliate news service in Charlotte.

  • MSNBC/NBC anchor Veronica De La Cruz hosted a fundraiser Friday raising thousands of dollars for heart transplant patients and Hurricane Sandy victims. De La Cruz established Hope for Hearts in 2010 after her brother Eric died in 2009 while awaiting a heart transplant.

Candy Crowley: ‘Goodness I Hope They Get Back to One Another’

Candy Crowley, who’s still being hit for her “terror” fact check at last night’s Town Hall — from VP nominee Paul Ryan on “Good Morning America” to Tucker Carlson on Fox News — hopes the attention turns back to the candidates and away from her. “Goodness, I hope the get back to one another,” Crowley said on CNN’s “Starting Point” of the criticism of her.

“I was trying to move this along,” Crowley says. “The question was Benghazi … there was this point they both kind of looked at me, you know, Romney’s looking at me, the president is looking at me, and I wanted to move this along.”

Crowley also said she’s not backtracking. Watch:

VP Debate Ratings: 51.4 Million Watch

The final Nielsen numbers are in. An estimated 51,419,000 people tuned in to watch Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan debate last night across 12 TV networks.

That’s down -27% from the 70 million who watched the one and only 2008 Vice Presidential debate between Biden and Gov. Sarah Palin. The most watch VP debate and tied for second-most watched of all debates. 12008 notwithstanding, last night’s debate had the highest VP debate viewership since the George H.W. Bush-Geraldine Ferarro debate in 1984. That debate nabbed 56.7 million viewers.

The Oct. 1980 debate between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan is the record-holder with 80.6 million tuning in, and that was only on three networks.

> Earlier: Fox News tops MSNBC/CNN Combined; CBS #1 on Broadcast

VP Debate Ratings: Fox News Tops Networks, Beats Combined Viewership of MSNBC, CNN

Preliminary ratings are in for the one and only Vice Presidential debate. At least 43 million tuned in to the three cable networks Fox News, MSNBC and CNN as well as CBS, ABC and NBC. That number will go up when final numbers are released and will include additional networks like PBS, FOX, Univision and the business channels.

Fox News is the most watched network with 10 million viewers, more than MSNBC (4.38 million) and CNN (4.15 million) combined.

For the broadcasters, according to Nielsen Fast National data, CBS was the most watched, followed by ABC then NBC, with less than 500,000 viewers separating the big 3 networks.

(As we saw with the first presidential debate  — watched by 67.2 million viewers — preliminarily Fox News was the most watched, but when finals came out ABC was on top.)

It’s unlikely last night’s debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan will get close to the numbers of the Biden-Sarah Palin face-off four years ago. 69.9 million viewers tuned in that night — tied with a Bush-Clinton-Perot debate in 1992 for the second most-watched debate ever.

  • Cable News 9:00-10:30PM:

FNC: 10,019,827 in total viewers (3,057,099 in 25-54)
MSNBC: 4,378,671 in total viewers (1,619,542 in 25-54)
CNN: 4,145,951 in total viewers (1,523,882 in 25-54)

  • Broadcast Fast Nationals 9-10:30PM:

CBS: 8,308,421 in P2+ (3,400,620)
ABC: 8,287,610 in P2+ (2,995,352)
NBC: 7,851,757 in P2+ (3,560,307)

  • Broadcast Post-Debate Analysis 10:33-11:00PM:

NBC: 6,697,000 in P2+ (2,875,000 in 25-54)
ABC: 6,057,000 in P2+ (2,372,000 in 25-54)
CBS: 5,931,000 in P2+ (2,187,000 in 25-54)

  • 8:00-11:00PM (cable news primetime)

FNC: 8,052,332 in total viewers (2,283,719 in 25-54)
MSNBC: 3,516,671 in total viewers (1,275,399 in 25-54)
CNN: 3,265,598 in total viewers (1,164,117 in 25-54)

Four years ago, Fox News broke a record when it drew 11.1 million viewers for the Biden-Palin debate, its most-watched program ever.

Sarah Palin Has Never Watched Her 2008 Debate; Also, Call Him “Mr. Ryan”

Tonight’s one and only vice presidential debate will look and feel a little different than last week’s first presidential debate. The topics will be split between foreign and domestic issues, broken into nine 10-minute segments.

Moderator Martha Raddatz will be referring to Rep. Ryan as “Mr. Ryan,” a request from the Romney-Ryan campaign.

Vice President Biden and Rep. Ryan will be seated next to each other and at the same table as Raddatz. This is similar to VP debates in 2000 and 2004, though not 2008, when Biden and Gov. Sarah Palin stood behind podiums.

While 69.9 million watched that Biden-Palin debate. Palin, now with Fox News, told Megyn Kelly today she’s never watched it: “Life goes on, you move forward,” said Palin. “I don’t rehash the past.”


Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan Head To Friendly Territory For First Post-Debate Interview

GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney gave his first post-debate interview last night on Fox News Channel’s ‘Hannity.’ Romney was joined by VP nominee Paul Ryan.

“I am happy that Jim Lehrer was willing to ask us our positions on issues, and we could describe those so it was not a big ‘gotcha’ night from the moderator,” Romney told Sean Hannity.

WATCH:


The Ticker: Fox/Twitter, ‘GAA’ Makeover, Paul Ryan

  • The executive producer of “Good Afternoon America” Ethan Nelson got a little surprise from his staff this week. Nelson was given an “ambush makeover” by stylist and author Amy E. Goodman. What happened? “Goodman freed him from his drab, behind-the-scenes wardrobe and transformed him into a scene-stealing newsmaker.”
  • GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan is finally doing his round-robin interviews, talking to the evening news anchors and the cable news channels. Ryan was originally slated to do interviews with the morning shows, but that was canceled late yesterday.

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