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Will Rick Perry Leave Burning Texas for GOP Debate?

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry said his appearance at Wednesday's GOP debate in California is a “fluid situation” due to the wildfires in Texas but didn’t completely rule out his appearance, pointing to the ability of Texans to multitask.

“That’s a fluid situation at the moment,” Perry said on CBS’ Early Show.  “We’re very focused on the events at hand.  And the other side of that is we’re pretty good about multitasking as well, whether its Hurricane Ike or Katrina as we brought a lot of people in from Louisiana back over the years.  We can do more than one thing pretty well in the state of Texas.”

A spokesman for Perry said the governor still plans on attending the debate at this time.

Perry left the campaign trail on Monday to tend to the wildfires in Texas, canceling his appearance at Sen. Jim DeMint’s forum in South Carolina and other events scheduled in California Tuesday.

The Texas governor appeared on several morning shows Tuesday to discuss relief efforts following the wildfires spreading across the Lone Star state. Perry avoided most political questions, saying his attention is solely focused on ensuring the people of the state are protected.

When asked about the existence of his own jobs plan given Mitt Romney and President Obama are releasing plans of their own this week, Perry said there’s still a lot of time on the calendar to lay out a plan of his own, but right now he has his eye on his “day job.”

“Well the 50 things that I’m focused on right now are the number of fires in the state of Texas, so there’s plenty of time to lay out ideas about job creation which we do on a regular basis here in the state of Texas,” Perry said on Fox & Friends.  “I’m working my day job right now, and I’ll be really honest with you, I’m not paying attention to what the critics may say.  I’m more interested in these people out here.”

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Rick Perry Heads Back to Texas; Focused on Fires, Not Politics

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(BASTROP, Texas) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry decided to forego politics on Monday when he flew from South Carolina to Texas to focus on the raging wildfires scorching thousands of acres across the Lone Star State.

“I’ll be real honest with you.  I’m not paying any attention to politics right now.  There’s plenty of time to take care of that.  People’s lives and their possessions are in danger.  That’s substantially more important,” Perry said to a round of applause at a press conference in Bastrop, Texas, Monday afternoon.

Perry canceled his afternoon events in South Carolina Monday and California Tuesday to deal with what he described as “mean looking” fires which spread across Texas in the past week.  The wildfires have affected approximately 32,000 acres of land and destroyed at least 476 homes.

The Texas governor urged residents to be cautious and listen to evacuation orders in their area.
"You just don't understand how quickly this can get out hand, and put people's lives and their property in jeopardy," Perry warned.

Perry expects FEMA will arrive in Texas on Wednesday, but in the meantime, he pressed residents to lend a hand to neighbors who are suffering from the fires.

“Find out what you can do to help your neighbor,” Perry said.  “There’s a lot that Texans will do to take care of Texans over the course of the next 72 hours and I really appreciate you for doing that.  We will pick up the pieces.  We always do.  Whether it’s a hurricane of monstrous size, or whether it’s floods, or whether it’s wildfires.  We will pick up the pieces.  We will rebuild.”

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Rick Perry To Skip DeMint's Labor Day Forum In South Carolina

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(COLUMBIA, S.C) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry has cancelled his planned appearance at a Labor Day forum in Columbia, S.C. Monday in order to return to Texas to deal with the wildfires there, a spokeswoman for Perry told ABC News.

Perry is speaking across the state in Conway, S.C. at another event Monday put on by Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C.

The governor was scheduled to speak in Columbia later in the day 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.

Perry’s events in California Tuesday are also cancelled due to the fire, a spokesman told ABC News.  At this time, he is still planning on attending the debate in Simi Valley, California on Wednesday.

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