“I hate debates like I used to hate spinning in an aircraft,” said Perry, a former Air Force pilot. “I finally did it and did it and did it, and finally I got better at it.” Perry, who has agreed to take part in five more GOP contests, says he might improve at debating, too.

Perry began his remarks on debates by saying, “In a debate that we had — I hope you missed it,” drawing a round of laughter from the audience.