Presidential Candidate Gets Emergency Dental Work on Campaign Trail

February 11, 2016
Jared Kaltwasser

A presidential candidate had to make an emergency stop Thursday morning -- at the dentist's office.

To run a presidential campaign these days you need a lot of confidence, a lot of money, and, as it turns out, a good dentist.

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio learned that lesson Wednesday evening when he cracked a tooth while eating a Twix candy bar, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Rubio was aboard a flight when the accident happened.

“I just bit into a Twix bar and I go, ‘Man this Twix bar’s got something really hard in it,’” the Florida senator told reporters, according to the Journal. “And I go, ‘Oh my gosh, I cracked my tooth.’”

He stopped Thursday morning at a dentist’s office in South Carolina to have the tooth temporarily fixed with resin filler, the paper said. He’ll return to his regular dentist in Florida for a permanent fix at a later date, the campaign said.

South Carolina holds its presidential primary on Feb. 20. It’s seen as a key state, particularly for Rubio who suffered a disappointing fifth place finish in New Hampshire’s primary on Tuesday.

Not surprisingly, the incident proved fodder for many a comment on social media...

Cracking under pressure, Marco Rubio’s tooth gets a campaign trail fix https://t.co/sLPw9mxE46 pic.twitter.com/dULxOFiasd

— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) February 11, 2016

BREAKING: Rubio says the Twix bar that broke his tooth was frozen.

— Sean Sullivan (@WaPoSean) February 11, 2016

Q: What time was Rubio's press conference scheduled for?

A: Tooth hurty

— Jesse Hawken (@jessehawken) February 11, 2016

Marco Rubio cracking a tooth is no laughing matter, unless of course during the next debate he whistles at every "S" sound

— Matt Sussman (@suss2hyphens) February 11, 2016

Top image (cropped) by Gage Skidmore/Creative Commons License.