Rick Perry to return to Texas to monitor wildfires

Texas Gov. Rick Perry

CONWAY, S.C. - Texas Gov. Rick Perry will return to Texas immediately after a morning town hall hosted by Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C., because of wildfires in Texas, press secretary Robert Black said Monday.

He will miss the presidential forum hosted by Sen. Jim DeMint in Columbia, S.C. that is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Perry's aides say the Texas governor will be at the GOP presidential debate scheduled at the Reagan Library on Wednesday. It will be Perry's first debate appearance since he declared his presidential candidacy.

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