Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says the little girl who thought the world was on fire
during one of his weekend speeches now sees him as the "fireman" who is putting the fire out.
Cruz was a guest Monday on "Late Night with Seth Meyers"
where a clip of the conversation was played.
Cruz said during a talk in New Hampshire that President Barack Obama's policy of "leading from behind" has set the world on fire.
"The world's on fire?" a 3-year-old girl can be heard asking.
Cruz assured the girl that her mommy and he would put the fire out, but many left-leaning news outlets left that part of the exchange out, saying that Cruz was frightening children in his expected campaign for president.
"And by the end of it I was Freddy Krueger, I had the fingernails. I mean, it was terrible," Cruz said.
Meyers said Cruz learned a valuable lesson that children are "bad with metaphors," adding, "I think in the end, that girl's problem isn't anything more than her mother doesn't know what 3-year-olds like to do on a Saturday."
Meyers said that, when he first heard the quote, he had hoped Cruz was changing his mind on global warming. "Because I think the world's on fire literally."
"You know, it's interesting you say that as I just came back from New Hampshire where there's snow and ice everywhere," Cruz said.
He said debates on the issue should follow science and data.
"And many of the alarmists on global warming — they've got a problem because the science just doesn't back them up," Cruz said. "In particular, satellite data demonstrates for the last 17 years there's been zero warming, none whatsoever."
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