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RICK PERRY won’t commit to debate amid Texas fires – latimes.com – VIDEO

September 6, 2011

Gov. Rick Perry holds a news conference to discuss wildfires in Texas on Monday. Perry has curtailed his campaigning to deal with the fires. (Eric Gay / Associated Press / September 6, 2011)

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Rick Perry won’t commit to debate amid Texas fires 

By Michael Muskal

Los Angeles Times

September 6, 2011, 8:32 a.m.

Citing the press of business from wildfires ranging across Texas, Gov. Rick Perry, the front-runner in most polls for the GOP presidential nomination, on Tuesday left it up in the air as to whether he will attend Wednesday’s Republican candidates debate.

Perry is the star attraction in the debate, the first since he jumped into the presidential race and took a commanding lead over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the candidate Perry unseated from the top of the polls.

Speaking on CBS’s “Early Show,” Perry wouldn’t commit himself to participating in the Wednesday debate, scheduled for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library in Simi Valley. The debate is co-hosted by NBC and Politico.

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Speaking to CBS anchors Erica Hill and Chris Wragge, Perry was evasive about his plans. He canceled several campaign apperances over the weekend in New Hampshire and South Carolina to return to Texas to deal with the fires, which have caused widespread evacuations and have already destroyed about 1,000 homes.

via Rick Perry won’t commit to debate amid Texas fires – latimes.com.

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