In this Nov. 2, 2010 file photo, Republican nominee for Georgia Governor Nathan Deal waves to supporters as his wife Sandra looks on during an election-night rally in Atlanta. The 2010 election was Georgia's top story of the year. Deal handily defeated former Gov. Roy Barnes, leading fellow GOP politicians to a sweep of every statewide office. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
ATLANTA (AP) - Nathan Deal urged self-reliance in tough economic
times as he was sworn in as Georgia's 82nd governor.
In his inaugural address on Monday, Deal said "state government
cannot and should not be expected to provide for us what we can provide for ourselves." The former congressman from Gainesville
also said he would fight the Democratic-backed federal health
reform law arguing "government cannot make or keep us healthy."
Deal's inauguration ushered in a historic GOP sweep that installed Republicans at the helm of every statewide office. Georgia Republicans won every statewide elected office in November's general election.
A rare Georgia snowstorm forced Monday's ceremony from the steps
of the Capitol to the shelter of the House chamber.
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