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Sununu inaugurated amid virus, violence concerns

Published: Jan. 7, 2021 at 8:05 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 8, 2021 at 6:24 AM EST
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CONCORD, N.H. (WCAX) - New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu started his third term by using the state’s “Live Free or Die” motto to explore themes of unity and cooperation.

The Republican was sworn in at noontime Thursday during a small, private ceremony due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic and potential violence after Sununu’s statewide mask mandate drew armed protesters to his home.

Sununu gave his inaugural address Thursday night, repeatedly invoking the state’s “Live Free or Die” motto and saying a responsibility to the greater good can coexist with personal freedoms and independence.

Opponents of the restrictions he has imposed during the pandemic protested outside the Statehouse, most not wearing masks and a few carrying guns.

Click here for the text of Gov. Sununu’s full speech.

You can watch the replay of his speech on YouTube in the player at the top of the story.

Watch his swearing in ceremony below.

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