NEW YORK (

TheStreet

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Citigroup

(C) - Get Report

must quickly decide if it will rush to repay its $20 billion TARP loan or remain tied to the government's shackles until after the new year.

It has been widely reported that Citigroup has only until the middle of next week to raise enough capital in a stock offering. If it doesn't, it will have to wait until after it reports fourth-quarter results in January.

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Taking all of this into account, do you think Citigroup should make a push to get out of the grips of the government as soon as possible? Take our poll and see what the rest of TheStreet users are saying.

-- Reported by Jeanine Poggi in New York.

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