Ending speculation, Perry will debate
October 29th, 2011
11:17 PM ET
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Ending speculation, Perry will debate

Washington (CNN) - Ending speculation that he planned to skip upcoming presidential debates, Rick Perry announced Saturday he would attend four scheduled debates next month.

Perry committed to debates in Michigan on November 9; South Carolina on November 12; Washington, DC, on November 22; and Arizona on November 30, a Perry spokesman said. He will also attend a November 19 forum in Iowa.

CNN is partnering with the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation for the November 22 debate, which will focus on national security.

The National Security debate was originally scheduled to take place on November 15, but the three organizations decided to move it to provide some space between the Michigan and South Carolina events.

CNN is partnering with the Arizona Republican Party for the November 30 debate.

Over the past week, the Perry campaign said it was considering limiting the number of debates the Texas governor would participate in so that he could spend more time campaigning in the early voting states.

Perry has not performed exceptionally well in previous debates, which he jokingly acknowledged Friday during a campaign swing through New Hampshire.

"Shoot, I'm gonna be a good debater before it's all over with," Perry said.


Filed under: 2012 • Debate • Rick Perry
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Soporifix

    It's really kind of sad. The poor guy is too stupid to stand up in front of people and talk about an "idea" - he's much better spewing canned-ham slogans at hand-picked audiences - and he knows it. You can see the flop sweat on his face as he tries to "talk about stuff" without that prompter in his ear.

    October 30, 2011 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
  2. Real Patriot

    Whew....now I can sleep at night....

    October 30, 2011 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
  3. frag

    Aw, gee whiz, is the D student scared?

    October 30, 2011 04:16 am at 4:16 am |
  4. Carlos Murphy

    Intriguing to think that the ability to express one's ideals is not required for an elected Governor in Texas.

    I remember that George Bush had a similar disaster.

    October 30, 2011 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  5. tcaros

    Perry lost all his credibility as an intellictual with his debate performance.
    Perry lost his integrity when he brought up the birth certicate faisco.
    Perry lost all his support when he then made a joke about bringing up the birth certificate.
    His joke, was to take jabs at the President. Most Americans see the President as a good moral man trying to do the right things regardless of the evil in our world.

    October 30, 2011 05:21 am at 5:21 am |
  6. Ron

    Aw shucks practice makes better good thing most of the other debaters (with the exception of Romney) aren't much deeper

    October 30, 2011 05:23 am at 5:23 am |
  7. madmadda

    To debate one must be capable of listening,thinking on ones feet,walking and chewing gum simultaniously Not a strong suit of Perry's Sort of the opposite of bullying which he does very well Must be a texas thing often wrong,never uncertain

    October 30, 2011 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Glib Rick will debate? There have to be a lot of grateful teabaggers out there, holding their breath, just waiting to hear what the silver tongue Perry has to say to enlighten them.

    October 30, 2011 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  9. mr phillip

    Texas toast is on the menu.

    October 30, 2011 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  10. GI Joe

    Oh well. Get the popcorn. At least he's good for several laughs.

    Can't believe all the folks in TX are THAT ignorant as to vote for that dud.

    October 30, 2011 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  11. runner305

    Just like Sarah Palin, he demands to be heard. Yet when he's given the chance and he bumbles, he blames that on everyone else. 2 of a kind!

    October 30, 2011 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  12. taylor

    His campaign is doomed, the country has finally had enough of the fatcats and their
    paid for puppets(perry).

    October 30, 2011 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  13. bassman

    It is curious how every republican candidate that has risen to the top of the field has dropped in those same polls. Each and every one of them as been Palinized by our media. As soon as they see a threat to Pres.Obama the hit pieces come out Marco Rubio is just the latest.

    October 30, 2011 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  14. Tim

    If you don't debate well, you can't think on your feet, a quality greatly trreasured in a president. Sorry, Rick, you lose regardless of your decision.

    October 30, 2011 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  15. Rich

    Please contimue to debate Rick...................signed ...........The whole Democratic party

    October 30, 2011 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  16. GonzoinHouston

    It's OK, Guv, the next debate or two will be Romney v Cain. You can take a back seat with Santorum and Bachman.

    Does anyone remember the brief Fred Thompson campaign in 2008? Look familiar?

    October 30, 2011 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  17. BoricuaTex

    Rick Perry thinks that his tactic of avoiding debates will work for him this time around. That's how he got re-elected in Texas. He avoided debating with his rival so he wouldn't have to account for his conyism, raising taxes in Texas (government fees), and not being able to balance the budget. Perry has a lot to lose if he doesn't debate now. The other candidates will clobber him and he knows that.

    October 30, 2011 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  18. Bud

    "Shoot, I'm gonna be a master debater before it's all over with," Perry said.

    October 30, 2011 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  19. diridi

    An Idiot, that's all I say....o.k, Total idiot....

    October 30, 2011 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  20. vic , nashville ,tn

    He won’t do any better, after he enter the race first he split the republicans then he split the tea party

    October 30, 2011 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  21. Peace

    Perry knows he can not afford avoiding debates. It will cost him very dearly!

    October 30, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  22. EdSantaFe

    What a fool

    October 30, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  23. Tiger1981

    I was for the debates before against it and now for it..

    October 30, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
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