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.