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Rick Perry to Attend All Five Nov. Debates

Richard Ellis/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry will participate in all five of the scheduled debates in November, Ray Sullivan, communications director for Perry, confirmed to ABC News.

Perry already had confirmed his participation in the Nov. 9 CNBC debate in Rochester, Mich.

Perry also will attend two national security debates hosted by CBS/National Journal on Nov. 12 in Spartanburg, S.C., and CNN on Nov. 15 in Washington, D.C. The Texas governor will attend a forum hosted by the Family Leader in Iowa on Nov. 19 and a debate in Arizona on Nov. 30.

Earlier in the week, Perry said the only mistake he’s made in the campaign so far is participating in debates aiming to put candidates against each other.

Aides to Perry suggested he is considering not attending some of the 18 scheduled debates due to time constraints and the need to spend more time on the ground in key early states.

There is no indication which debates Perry will attend past December.

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Rick Perry Reports Raising $17.2 Million, $15 Million Cash on Hand

Alex Wong/Getty Images)(WASHINGTON) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry reported raising $17.2 million for the third fundraising quarter, an amount he raised in just 49 days since declaring he was entering the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

The campaign spent $2.1 million, leaving it with a little more than $15.08 million in the bank.

Perry received contributions from donors in all 50 states, and more than half of the donations came from outside the state of Texas.

Two weeks ago, the campaign reported that only $51,000 of the money it had raised went to the general election

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Rick Perry Takes His Chances on Florida Straw Poll

Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Texas Governor Rick Perry delivered his plea for delegates’ votes in the Florida straw poll Saturday morning, expressing his belief that other campaigns made a blunder by not campaigning for a straw poll win.

“There are number of folks and some campaigns who have spurned this tradition of the Florida straw poll,” Perry told an estimated crowd of 2,000 at a delegate breakfast hosted by his campaign. “I think that’s a big mistake. I think the Florida straw poll is very important.”

Perry shared with the delegates his personal experience from 2000, as the then lieutenant governor awaited the Florida results from the presidential election to determine his next step in Texas.

“There was a little notoriety out here about a thing called a hanging chad,” Perry said. “I just wanted to share with you what was about a month and a half—my hopes of being the governor of Texas were kind of in the balance during that same period of time and here we are eleven years later, and I’ve got my hopes on Florida again.”

“It’s great to be in the state that picks presidents. That’s what Florida does.”

Florida’s Presidency straw poll bears a strong history of picking the Republican nominee as delegates chose Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bob Dole in each of the years they won their party’s presidential nomination.

Perry has invested heavily in promoting himself for the Presidency 5 straw poll of 3,000 Republican candidates.

Other candidates, such as Michele Bachmann and Mitt Romney, said they are not actively pushing to win the poll.

Perry’s campaign rolled out a bevy of endorsements in the week prior to the straw poll and assembled a strong leadership team for P5, which includes Florida state Speaker of the House Dean Cannon serving as the chairman and other Florida state legislators as part of the team.

In a mailer obtained by the Miami Herald which was sent to delegates this week, Anita Perry vouched for her husband’s humble upbringing and his ability to translate his economic record in Texas onto the national stage.

Earlier this week, a spokesman for Perry told ABC News said the campaign understands the importance Florida plays in the election.

“We always hope for the best outcome,” Mark Miner, spokesman for Perry, said of the straw poll.

Perry’s trouble at the debate on the issue of immigration sparked concern over the Texas governor’s ability to appeal to true social conservatives.

William Breazeale, a delegate from Orlando, said he respected the Texas governor’s military service and job creation record in Texas but decided to throw his support to Herman Cain because of Perry’s approval of providing in-state tuition to illegal immigrants in Texas.

“Rick Perry, as you’ll see, has lost a lot of conservatives in here by being pro-illegal immigration and he can say he’s against it all he wants, but if you give benefits to any illegal aliens, you have lost the support of true conservatives,” Breazeale told ABC News. “I’d be very surprised if he wins the straw poll tomorrow because of that.”

Neil Curley, an undecided delegate from Naples, Fla., attended Perry’s breakfast to observe the Texas governor’s body language and demeanor in person after saying he “stumbled” during the debate.

“I think he needs to move on from nitpicking back and forth with another candidate doesn’t do any good,” Curley said. “Just go on with what he’s doing and present his ideas without going into the nitpicking because that detracts from the situation and especially for the Republicans we need a lot of independent voters to be successful and we don’t want to present that nitpicking thing as a discouraging factor.”

The Texas governor heads to Mackinac Island, Mich. for an afternoon speech at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference.

Romney will deliver a speech to the conference later Saturday evening.

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Rick Perry Makes First Trip to New Hampshire

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry made his first visit to New Hampshire just hours after his official announcement in South Carolina as he kicks off a week of campaigning in three early primary and caucus states.

"I intend to compete for every vote in every state," Perry said. "I feel at home amongst people whose motto is live free or die."

The Texas governor attended a meet and greet with Granite State Republicans at the home of state Rep. Pamela Tucker in Greenland, N.H. He spoke for 36 minutes, and Perry spent a good portion of the event answering questions on a variety of topics, from his economic stance, which includes support for a balanced budget amendment, to foreign policy, especially increasing border security.

"Before you can talk about immigration reform, illegal immigration, what have you, you have to secure the border," he said.

The Texas governor even answered a question on his controversial measure that mandated teenage girls receive the HPV vaccine, saying it required greater discussion than he realized at the time. The Texas legislature later revoked this executive order.

"I signed an executive order that allowed for an opt out, but the fact of the matter is that I didn’t do my research well enough to understand that we needed to have a substantial conversation with our citizenry," Perry said.

"But here’s what I learned. When you get too far out in front of the parade, they will let you know, and that’s exactly what our legislature did and I saluted it and I said, 'Roger that, I hear you loud and clear' and they didn’t want to do it and we don’t, so enough said," he said.

Perry said there are certain issues he will not compromise on, pointing to his faith and position on taxes as indicators of his commitment.

"There are certain values that you don’t compromise. I mean, there are certain things in my life, I’ll tell you for instance, you know, my faith is something I am not going to compromise  and when I tell folks I am not going to raise taxes, for 10 years, I haven’t raised taxes," he said. "When you give someone your word, whether it’s  on the issue of something as important as the issue of morality or something as important as your taxes, then to me that’s the important message here."

Perry said few elected officials have the courage to deal with some of the country's problems, such as entitlement reform, and he vowed to run a campaign dedicated to taking on tough positions.

"If you read my book, Fed Up, you hear me call it a ponzi scheme," Perry said of social security. "Having the courage to call it a ponzi scheme is I think the first step in us having a national discussion of how do we deal with these entitlements where that they don’t bankrupt this country.

"I believe in America," he said. "I believe in her purpose and her promise. I believe her best days have not yet been lived. I believe the greatest deeds have not been recorded in the annals of history. And with your help, with the grace of god, we will get America working again."

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