Sen. Ted Cruz to 3-year-old girl: 'Your world is on fire'

Dylan Stableford
Yes, your world is on fire. (YouTube)

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was interrupted during a speech in New Hampshire over the weekend by an unlikely heckler: a 3-year-old girl.

Cruz, who was in the Granite State testing the waters ahead of a possible 2016 presidential run, was criticizing President Barack Obama's foreign policy before a group of Republicans in Barrington when the girl — seated on her mother's lap in the front row — spoke up.

“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,” Cruz said.

“The world is on fire?” the girl, later identified as Julia, asked the Texas Republican, according to the Concord (N.H.) Monitor.

“The world is on fire, yes,” Cruz said, turning to the girl. “Your world is on fire."

The exchange drew laughs from the crowd.

"But you know what?" Cruz continued. "Your mommy’s here and everyone’s here to make sure that the world you grow up in is even better."

Julia's mom, Michelle Trant, told Boston's WRKO radio that Cruz's fiery rhetoric did not scare her daughter whatsoever.

“There was no tears,” Trant said, according to Politico. “I’m telling you: She was quite happy. She was like, ‘Oh? You’re going to put that out? We’re good. We’re good here.’ ... Ted Cruz is the one that will put this fire out. And then she then looked at him as a hero."

Too bad for Cruz Julia isn't old enough to vote.

According to the latest WMUR poll of likely Republican voters, the Texas senator trails former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio among possible GOP contenders.

Only Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and "Celebrity Apprentice" host Donald Trump fared worse than Cruz in the Granite State Poll.