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Tea party protest at Southfork Ranch falls short of estimated 50,000 attendees
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Source: Dallas Morning News

It was more than the heat that had people hot under the collar this Independence Day at Southfork Ranch. A range of issues from taxes to universal health care brought a crowd out to America's Tea Party.

Organizers billed the gathering as the largest tea party in the nation, saying crowds could reach 50,000. Tea party organizers said any crowd estimates would come toward the end of the event and were likely to be done by local police.

As the event kicked off at 3 p.m., only a smattering of people had gathered in the grassy field in front of the stage. Organizers attributed the sparse attendance at that point to the 100-plus degree heat.

Jim Cooper of Mansfield, who was sitting with his wife under one of Southfork's few shade trees, said he wasn't able to attend a tea party that was held April 15 and wanted to find out what the tea party movement was all about.

"Government control is increasing," he said, listing health care legislation and the economy as some of his concerns.

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Americas no longer free and save our constitution was the call of the protesters who came in some wearing tea bag designed accessories.
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