During his visit to Glenn's studio last week for a one on one sit down conversation for TheBlaze TV, Senator Ted Cruz revealed something about the way his brain works most people probably didn't know about.
The skill? "Audiographic memory."
Glenn shared the details of what he learned on radio Wednesday.
"We had this really deep, philosophical kind of conversation about what it means to connect with people," Glenn said.
As Glenn's listeners might attest, Glenn told Cruz he connects with people with the heart, through stories. Cruz on the other hand said he tends to connect with the head, relying on his ability to remember and articulate all kinds of facts.
To that, Glenn questioned Cruz, "You have a photographic memory?"
"No, 'audiographic memory.' It's different," was Cruz's response. "I can remember every conversation exactly the way it happened."
Cruz then explained to Glenn that's what allowed him to put Mitch McConnell on the hot seat.
"He said, 'I can tell you exactly what Mitch McConnell said, and I can tell you it's exact,'" Glenn said.
While Glenn said he thinks having "audiographic memory is a massive plus," Cruz is apparently not comfortable talking about it.
"He's like, 'I just feel like everybody is going to think I'm a robot.' And I'm like, 'Ted, this is not a cross or a burden,'" Glenn said, "This is a good thing!"
Watch the clip below for more.
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Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors.
GLENN: So when -- when Ted told me this -- and, again, this is just a conversation we're having around the stage here before or after the interview. This is not a -- you know, this is just us sitting here chatting before takes. And I said, "You have a photographic memory?" He said, "No, audiographic memory. It's different." He said, "But when I hear something, and they say, this is what this bill means," he said, "as long as I've heard that bill, I can remember every conversation exactly the way it happened. And I can -- what comes down in my head comes down as file 305, and it's there."
PAT: That's why he could rattle off word-for-word what Mitch McConnell said to him.
GLENN: Correct. He used that as an example. He said, "I can tell you exactly what Mitch McConnell said, and I can tell you it's exact."
PAT: And that's why nobody disputed him. Because they know he's right.
GLENN: Correct. Because they know he's right. So he has this audiographic memory. And he said, "What happens is, when somebody says -- I always look prepared because when somebody says, well, this is what we're going to do." And I'll say, "Well, no, you're actually wrong for these six reasons." He said, "Because that's the way I think." He said, "File 305 comes down, and I can remember it, and six things pop out immediately. And I know, they're wrong six ways. And it makes me look like I'm just blustering. Because who can remember six things out of that?" He's like I can.
PAT: That's impressive though. That's incredible.
GLENN: What he was saying though -- and I was like, "Ted -- he's telling me, and my head is spinning. And he's telling me. "So like when I get down there -- you know, I pause or something because I'm trying to think, how can I say this differently because -- I can repeat what happened to me exactly the same way as it happened every single time." And he's like, "I just feel like everybody is going to think I'm a robot." And I'm like, "Ted, this is not a cross or a burden that the president -- this is a good thing." And he doesn't -- he's not comfortable talking about it. I guess somebody in the Wall Street Journal pointed this out.
JEFFY: Yeah, they talked about him winning the senatorship here in Texas and doing his 21-hour monologue. And they called it his near photographic memory. But as a side note, it also talks about how in high school he traveled around Texas reciting the Constitution and the words of the Founding Fathers. So, I mean, he knows it pretty good.
GLENN: Yeah, as long as it's been said to him out loud. As long as it's been read out loud, I think even if he reads it out loud, he told me that it imprints on him an audio file. That's -- I mean, are you kidding me? To be able to sit down -- if you could just watch all the tapes of Vladimir Putin, nobody is getting around him, man. You're sitting down, "Actually, no, that's not what you said." Yes, it is. "No, it's not. No, it's not." To have someone with a photographic or, in his case, an audiographic memory is a massive plus. A massive plus.
PAT: If I had to guess, I would think the only other president to probably have something like that would be Thomas Jefferson.