Sen. Ted Cruz visited New Hampshire over the weekend, most likely as part of his probable 2016 presidential run, and it seems the popular Texan politician is already off to a fiery start. Well, more like it's raining fire and brimstone. While speaking at a small event at Turbocam headquarters in Barrington, Cruz scared a little girl named Julie when he told her the world she knows and loves is on fire.
The Concord Monitor reports that Cruz made a lengthy, hyperbolic speech while addressing about 100 New Hampshire locals at the Turbocam event. The outspoken Republican senator criticized President Obama by painting a world in which we're all insured by the Affordable Care Act and enjoying the lowest unemployment rate in recent years.
"The Obama economy is a disaster, Obamacare is a trainwreck, and the Obama-Clinton foreign policy of leading from behind – the whole world is on fire," Cruz told the audience members. They all appreciated his rhetoric, except for little three-year-old Julie Trant of Londonderry, New Hampshire.
"The world is on fire?" Julie asked Cruz. Everyone in the audience laughed, except, again, for three-year-old Julie, who really though Obama was purposely burning all her Legos and Barbie dolls.
Actually, maybe Cruz thought Obama was staging a war on children's toys. The senator reportedly told Julie:
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.
Here's a video clip of the incident, via Politico. Beware: It is a bit terrifying.
To put out the flames of the Obama world, Cruz said he would "repeal every word of Obamacare," impose a "simple" flat tax and abolish the IRS. And hey, guess where he would put all those unemployed IRS agents! "There are 110,000 agents at the IRS. We need to put a padlock on that building and take every one of those 110,000 agents and put them on our southern border," Cruz said at the Turbocam event.
Little Julie had no further comment about the defunct IRS, lack of (not technically universal but government-mandated) health care, or Common Core, which Cruz would also repeal and replace with home-schooling and the like.
Cruz wasn't the only potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate making appeals to young voters over the weekend. Sen. Rand Paul was reportedly on the prowl at Austin's South By Southwest Music Festival, where he talked about using Snapchat as a campaign platform:
You look at Snapchat’s audience, it’s like an 18- to 24-year-old audience. These are new voters. I’m worried about the next generation having jobs, having a robust economy, having privacy, having a bill of rights. I think a lot of kids are interested in that, but if you don’t go to a platform where they are, you won’t find them.
A lot of kids on Snapchat are definitely interested in having privacy, Paul.
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