Rick Perry's last stand in Spartanburg

Rick Perry wakes up early in the morning after his epic flub during Wednesday's GOP debate. His team is trying to pump him up, telling him to pull on his muddied boots and get back on the horse.

They tell him he is still in the race, and beating himself up for blowing it big time for his brain freeze isn't going to help, especially with another debate coming Saturday night in Spartanburg, SC. (Shameless plug: the debate is hosted by CBS News and the National Journal.)

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They reiterate to the Texas governor that he still has money to burn on his campaign. It's time to suit up and hit the morning news shows -- who are leading with the 53-second video of his inability to come up with the name of the third agency he would abolish-- and let the public know that he is only human and to err is human.

"All of us make mistakes. I'm a human being," Perry told CBS News on Thursday morning. "And the issue here is that I had a lapse of memory. So many federal agencies were coming to mind that I forgot the one I was trying to think of which is the Energy Department." 

He continued, "Any time you're standing in front of however many million people we were and you have a loss of train of thought, sure. It impacts you. But the fact is one error is not going to make or break a campaign."

"It's the 236th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corp. If there is a day to stay in a fight, it's this one," he told NBC.

Today, the candidate is hoping to raise some funds for his sputtering campaign and trying to figure out how to erase the 53-seconds from his mind and regain his full swagger. He continues his image rehabilitation this evening with an appearance on CBS' "The Late Show with David Letterman" tonight to deliver the "Top Ten" list.

If Perry hopes to recover from his disaster in Rochester, Mich., at the CNBC debate, and stay in the fight, he will have his chance on Saturday night in Spartanburg. Presumably, he is brushing up on national security and foreign policy, which will be the focus of the debate. Tune in at 8:00 p.m. ET to see how Perry and the other candidates fare in the next round of the GOP demolition derby.   

Watch Rick Perry's brain freeze below:

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