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The Tea Party Patriots, the nation’s largest tea party organization, today welcomed the debate, sparked by Governor Romney, over the clear division between personal dependency on a government that overspends taxpayer dollars, and a strong economy in which everyone can participate.

“This election poses a choice for voters: do you want a country dependent on government programs and handouts, or do you want a country with an economy that produces good jobs and returns America to a higher standard of living?,” said Jenny Beth Martin, National Coordinator of Tea Party Patriots.

“In 2011, 49 percent of Americans lived in a household where at least one member of the family received a government benefit.  Since 2009, Tea Party Patriots across the nation have said:  Enough!  Enough of big government supporting failed companies. Enough of big government health care schemes that rob American families of the freedom to choose the best care for them.  Enough of big government that divides this great nation into factions that fight for their own government handouts.

“Every voter must choose between claiming the personal freedom upon which this country was built or accepting more government intervention in exchange for not-so-‘free’ handouts.”