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Perry Agrees to Two September Debates

Gov. Rick Perry listens to U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's speech at an event in Waterloo, Iowa, on Aug. 14, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry listens to U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's speech at an event in Waterloo, Iowa, on Aug. 14, 2011.

What a difference a year makes. At this point in 2010, we were learning that gubernatorial candidate Rick Perry had no intention of debating his Democratic opponent, former Houston Mayor Bill White.

The governor doesn't always skip out — he debated Kay Bailey Hutchison and Debra Medina in the 2010 Republican primary. But after the general election, when he would agree only to one long interview with The Texas Tribune's Evan Smith, there was a question of what he might do in a presidential race.

He's going to debate.

Perry accepted a couple of invitations. The first is at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California on September 7, co-hosted by Politico and NBC News. Second will be a CNN/Tampa Tea Party Express Debate at the Florida State Fairgrounds on September 12.