5:20 pm Mar. 6, 2013
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was the second guest for Buzzfeed's beer-themed interview series last night in Washington, and while she made some minor news about a women's dinner with President Obama, the real news was her drinking.
After a minor mix-up with her host, Buzzfeed's D.C. bureau chief John Stanton, Gillibrand ended up with his bottle of Budweiser, which she gamely finished over the course of the interview, and then presented Stanton with a bottle of Jameson, and promptly moved offstage to partake with him. (The two had run into each other earlier in the week, and Stanton had apparently disclosed his fondness for whiskey.)
It wouldn't have been quite so notable had the event's first guest, Sen. Marco Rubio--who is often mentioned, along with Gillibrand, as a 2016 contender--not been so conspicuously sober when he was the guest.
Rubio is trying, gingerly, to lay the groundwork for a future presidential campaign, and present himself as the fresh new face of the Republican Party.
In his first big interview since the November elections, he made a point of talking about his affection for rap music, and attempted to show his self-deprecating side after lunging for a water bottle during his big State of the Union rebuttal.
He didn't touch his beer.
Gillibrand, on the other hand, tends to wing it.
That was a problem when she first started in the Senate; her acceptance speech was a rambling mess that caused her to miss a phone call from the president, and she occasionally got in trouble for saying too much at routine stops.
She got better about that, and was relentlessly on-message during her last campaign: jobs, jobs, manufacturing, jobs.
But now that she's won a six-year term, she seems to have livened up a bit again. The Buzzfeed appearance seemed to be a big hit with the target demographic, many of whom weren't exactly familiar with her. As evidenced by the story about her line that Congress wouldn't be debating contraception if 51 percent of its members were women, which she uses at almost every appearance.
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