Perry to GOP: I could handle Obama in debate

By the Associated Press | October 30, 2011 | 10:20 AM EDT

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2011 file photo, Republican presidential candidates, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, speak during a Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas. Rick Perry plans to participate in at least five more presidential primary debates, his campaign said Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 dismissing speculation that the Texas governor's lackluster performances so far would lead him to skip future Republican debates. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry says he may not be the best debater, but he's confident he can draw clear distinctions with President Barack Obama onstage next year.

The Texas governor is trying to reassure Republican primary voters in the wide-open nominating contest.

He says he may skip some debates with the other GOP hopefuls between now and the end of January. But he says he's "not worried a bit" about his ability to contrast his plans on the economy and foreign policy with the president's during scheduled debates in the 2012 elections.

Perry's campaign has said he'll participate in at least five more debates against his GOP rivals, including former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Perry tells "Fox News Sunday" that he prefers other types of campaigning.