UNDATED (CNN) -- Not just one, but two Republican senators pounced on President Obama after Tuesday's State of the Union address.
Delivering the official Republican Party response to a president fresh off reelection and feeling feisty, Florida Senator Marco Rubio was equally combative, accusing President Obama of trying to tax and spend his way to prosperity. He says, "The tax increases and the deficit spending you propose will hurt middle class families. It will cost them their raises. It will cost them their benefits. It may even cost some of them their jobs."
And if that wasn't pointed enough, Sen. Rubio says, "So Mr. President, I don't oppose your plans because I want to protect the rich. I oppose your plans because I want to protect my neighbors."
But the spotlight may have been too bright for a moment, as Rubio reached for a bottle of water in the middle of his speech.
Still, the son of Cuban immigrants and now a leading voice on immigration reform, Rubio made history with his remarks by taping an additional response in Spanish.
But Rubio was not the night's only GOP appeal to Latinos. Sen. Rand Paul says, "We must be the party who sees immigrants as assets, not liabilities."
Kentucky Sen. Paul struck a decidedly moderate tone on immigration in his tea party response to President Obama.
But Paul offered up some the movement's conservative populism as well, calling for immediate congressional term limits if lawmakers fail to tackle the deficit. He says, "If Congress refuses to obey its own rules, if Congress refuses to pass a budget, if Congress refuses to read the bills, then I say: Sweep the place clean."
But there was one other unofficial Republican response to the State of the Union from a man who sometimes shoots from the lip.
Ted Nugent, the outspoken gun rights activist and former rock star, was invited by Texas congressman Steve Stockman to stand against new firearms restrictions.
After making his way through security, unarmed. Nugent said his message was simple, "Freedom. Freedom and independence. Rugged individualism and leave us alone."
The State of the Union and the multiple responses were just the opening round of what could be two more weeks of political posturing. Both sides remain far a part on the massive round of automatic government spending cuts known as the sequester that's due to kick in on March 1.