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Yes, it's true that when it comes to actual policy, there's virtually no daylight between Marco Rubio and Mitt Romney. Nonetheless, on Tuesday night we learned about a big difference between the two men. A very, very big difference.

Compare the size of Romney's bottle in this photo:

ORLANDO, FL - SEPTEMBER 22:  Texas Gov. Rick Perry (L), and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) have a drink during the Fox News/Google GOP Debate at the Orange County Convention Center on September 22, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. The debate features the nine Republican candidates two days before the Florida straw poll.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
With the size Rubio's bottle on Tuesday night:
Marco Rubio sips water during the 2013 GOP SOTU response
Yep. Boss Romney likes his agua bigger, and it's not even close. We're not talking 47 percent bigger—we're talking more like 147 percent bigger. In fact, I'll bet you $10,000 that Willard would never, ever let his lips near anything remotely as tiny as the little sippy bottle from which Rubio chugged.

Now, I'll admit, I've got no idea why Rubio decided to go small. Perhaps it's because he knows that a higher plastic-to-water ratio is worse for the environment and he wanted to bolster his credentials as an Earth-hating man of God unconcerned about trivialities like climate change.

Or maybe he just wanted a small container because he thought if he had a small enough bottle, he could sneak a sip without anybody noticing. (That would explain why his eyes remained locked on the camera as he guzzled.) Really, your guess is as good as mine. The only thing I'm sure about is that I've never seen anything like it before.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 02:10 PM PST.

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