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INDIANAPOLIS — Republican Gov. Mike Pence took the oath as Indiana’s 50th governor Monday, making references to Abraham Lincoln’s wisdom and Hoosier basketball legend John Wooden’s optimism while vowing to seek God’s guidance.

“This is Indiana’s moment. We can once again light the way,” Pence said, pledging to create jobs and continue what he described as outgoing Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels’ legacy of “fiscal responsibility, innovation and reform.

“I am humbled by your trust, honored that you have chosen me to serve, and I am eager to be the governor of all the people of Indiana – young and old, city and country, rich and poor,” the 53-year-old Pence said to a crowd of nearly 1,000 onlookers.

Pence’s 12-minute inaugural address came after brief swearing-in ceremonies for a pair of fellow Republicans, Attorney General Gregory Zoeller, re-elected to a second term last fall; and Lt. Gov. Susan J. Ellspermann.

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