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March 2, 2011

The Inauguration: New chief, new vision

Watch LePage's speech

By Susan M. Cover
State House Bureau

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Paul LePage takes the oaths of office at the Augusta Civic Center Wednesday as his wife holds a family Bible.

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Paul LePage,John Baldacci, John McKernan, Joe Brennan, Angus King
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Paul LePage shares a laugh with four former Maine governors at the Blaine House before heading to his swearing-in ceremony Wednesday at the Augusta Civic Center. From left are John Baldacci, LePage, John McKernan, Joseph Brennan and Angus King.

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READ Paul LePage's inaugurual address.

As in past inaugurals, Maine's tribal leaders were given formal recognition, and the Little Eagles Drum Group played a song as part of the ceremony.

Bruce Myrick of Sabattus, who helped raise LePage after LePage left home at the age of 11, spoke briefly of his pride at seeing LePage become governor.

"I never thought I'd be standing here today," he said. "Many of us never know the things we do, big or small, can truly impact others."

The day's events began at 9 a.m., when the House and Senate met for a session at the Capitol. Tradition calls for a committee of House and Senate members to go to the Blaine House to officially inform the new governor that he has won the election.

LePage listened quietly as the legislators read their formal declaration. After shaking hands or hugging the lawmakers, LePage pointed to a painting of Ronald Reagan that was to be hung in the Blaine House.

"Ronald Reagan had a big part of my life, particularly my getting into politics," he said.

About midway through his formal address, LePage said he was eager to talk about businesses. The former general manager of Marden's discount stores said it should be simpler for businesses to make money in Maine.

"'Profit' is not a dirty word," he said. "In fact, it is the direct and indirect solution to our challenges."

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