Rick Perry to Skip South Carolina Forum to Deal with Texas Wildfires

Sep 5, 2011 10:42am

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has cancelled his planned appearance at a Labor Day forum in Columbia, S.C. today as well as events in California tomorrow in order to return to Texas to deal with the wildfires there, a spokeswoman for Perry told ABC News.

But Perry did not skip South Carolina entirely.  This morning Perry spoke across the state in Conway, S.C. at a presidential townhall hosted by Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C.

“I’m leaving directly from here and going back to Texas. Our state has got wildfires. They’re running quite wild with zero containment,” Perry said. “So just keep those folks in your prayers if you will as we go back and try to keep people out of harm’s way in our state and pray for rain as well.”

Perry has kept in close contact with emergency operations officials dealing with the fires in Texas and spoke with his emergency management chief Monday morning.

Perry was scheduled to speak in Columbia Monday afternoon along with rivals Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain at the Palmetto Freedom Forum organized by the American Principles Project and Sen. Jim DeMint, R-SC.

Learn more about the South Carolina GOP forum.

The Texas governor spent the weekend campaigning in New Hampshire.

Perry still plans on attending a Republican presidential debate in Simi Valley, Calif. on Wednesday.

Read more about the Texas wildfires.

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