- The Washington Times - Monday, March 16, 2015

A New Hampshire mother is setting the record straight after multiple national news outlets reported Monday that Sen. Ted Cruz terrified her 3-year-old girl with a metaphor about the world being on fire.

“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,” the Texas Republican said in Barrington, New Hampshire, in a video published Sunday.

“The world is on fire?” asked Julie Trant, 3, who was sitting in the audience with her mother, Politico reported.

“The world is on fire. Yes!” Mr. Cruz responded. “Your world is on fire. But you know what? Your mommy’s here and everyone’s here to make sure that the world you grow up in is better.”

Julie’s mother, Michelle Trant, told a Boston radio station on Monday that the headlines about her daughter being frightened to death are simply not true.

“There was no tears,” she said, telling the show she told her daughter that “Ted Cruz is the one that will put this fire out. And then she then looked at him as a hero,” Politico reported.

“I’m telling you: She was quite happy,” Ms. Trant said. “She was like, ‘oh? you’re going to put that out? We’re good. We’re good here.’”

In a separate interview, Ms. Trant told People magazine: “There was nothing scary that happened. I’m just so upset the way this has gone down.”

“I just feel like Ted Cruz deserves better than people making up a lie that a 3-year-old was terrified of him, because she was not. I just want to have the truth out there,” she said.

Ms. Trant says she hopes Mr. Cruz goes all “the way to the presidency.”

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