Ted Cruz sure got a little girl's attention in New Hampshire yesterday when he claimed that the world was on fire—and repeated his point when she asked about it, the Concord Monitor reports. Speaking to more than 100 people at a turbomachinery company, the Texas Republican was typically understated: "The Obama economy is a disaster, ObamaCare is a train wreck, and the Obama-Clinton foreign policy of leading from behind—the whole world is on fire," he said. At that point, 3-year-old Julie Trant spoke up from the front row in a fragile voice, asking, "The world is on fire?" Cruz answered, "The world is on fire. Yes! Your world is on fire. But you know what? Your mommy's here and everyone's here to make sure the world you grow up in is better."
Gawker reports that the girl was terrified and notes a tweet that reads in part, "Ted Cruz literally just scared a little girl in NH." But Julie's mother, Michelle, gave a radio interview on WRKO saying her girl wasn't scared after her mom explained that Cruz would put out the fire, ABC News reports. "She really basically was like, 'Oh oh, this is a great man,'" Trant says. "He's a firefighter in her mind as a 3-year-old and was quite happy and then she wanted a cookie." The YouTube user who posted the moment online agreed that Julie wasn't upset by the exchange. As for Cruz's speech, he went on to advocate for the destruction of ObamaCare and the IRS, and proposed "somewhat tongue-in-cheek" that all 110,000 IRS agents be placed "on our southern border."