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Rick Perry campaign takes a light-hearted approach to damage control

Chris Moody, Yahoo News
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry's enormous memory lapse at Wednesday's debate put his campaign in immediate damage-control mode. But not even the candidate--who was unable to recall the third federal agency he would eliminate if he were elected president--is shying away from poking fun at himself for the mistake.

At the CNBC Republican presidential debate, Perry stole the show when he tried to name the three agencies he would close, but could only come up with two. It was a 53-second made-for-YouTube mistake that some say could sink his campaign.

But at least in front of the curtain of Perry's campaign, it's all laughs. On Twitter, Perry joked that he "stepped in it" at the debate.

Perry's Twitter account

On Perry's website, campaign staff posted a poll asking supporters to name the part of the federal government they "would like to forget the most."

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Perry even sent a letter to supporters to raise money off the debate performance:

"We've all had human moments. President Obama is still trying to find all 57 states. Ronald Reagan got lost somewhere on the Pacific Highway in an answer to a debate question. Gerald Ford ate a tamale without removing the husk. And tonight Rick Perry forgot the third agency he wants to eliminate. Just goes to show there are too damn many federal agencies."

On Thursday morning, Perry appeared on four networks, where he vowed not to drop from the race anytime soon.

"I'm human like everyone else," he said on NBC's Today Show. "We all make mistakes." You can watch a clip of the gaffe below:

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