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Perry to debate at least five more times

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will participate in at least five additional debates, the Perry campaign confirmed to NBC News yesterday.

The governor will participate in the following debates in the month of November and the beginning of December: CNBC in Michigan (Nov. 9), CBS in South Carolina (Nov. 12), a Family Leader forum in Iowa (Nov. 19), and CNN-sponsored debates in DC (Nov. 15), and Arizona (Dec. 1).

AP first reported the news.

Sources in Perry’s campaign have expressed frustration with the extensive schedule of contests, noting the time it takes to travel to each venue and prepare the candidate reduces the amount of time Perry can spend interacting with voters.

But Perry himself said Friday in New Hampshire that he intended to participate in future contests, joking, "Shoot, I may be a good debater before this is all over."

"We haven't made any decisions about what we're gonna do," he said Friday.

Spokesman Ray Sullivan told NBC News earlier this week that the campaign would decide on future debates "on a case by case basis."