(CNN) - Fighting concerns about Rick Perry's candidacy after the presidential candidate forgot part of his plan in a debate, Anita Perry insisted on Thursday that her husband isn't the forgetful kind.
"Everybody forgets something every now and then, but he remembered our anniversary last week," she said Thursday at a campaign event in Duval County, Florida.
The one-time front-runner admitted embarrassment after struggling for nearly a minute to name the third of three federal agencies he would cut if elected president.
The flub easily became the most talked-about moment of the debate, prompting many to question Perry's readiness for the remainder of the election cycle.
Perry, who has repeatedly expressed angst over debates and even considered skipping some of the events, spent the morning speaking to the media about the gaffe.
He said he's simply trying to laugh it off and move on, adding that he was glad he was wearing his boots because he certainly "stepped in it" at the debate. On Laura Ingraham's radio show Thursday, Perry said he was still "wiping" that boot off.
Perry is also set to appear on the "Late Show with David Letterman" Thursday night to present the show's famed Top 10 List.
His campaign has turned Perry's slip-up into a fundraising drive, arguing that too many federal agencies exist to remember and urging supporters to send in $5 for every agency they'd like to cut.
On Thursday, Anita said her husband owned up to the mistake and feels ready to push forward.
"He's doing great. He's working hard. He was up early on the shows," Anita said, referring to a round of appearances on TV morning shows. "He admitted it. We're moving on."
The couple celebrated 29 years of marriage on Sunday, exactly one year before the presidential election.