The audience, the smallest one in years for a Virginia inauguration, included McAuliffe's longtime friends and allies former President Bill Clinton and possible 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Politico reported. But the Democratic governor pointed his inaugural address towards the Republicans, who control the General Assembly and may end up with a slim majority in the state Senate.
"The impediments to consensus are well known: ideology, personal political ambition, partisanship or score-settling," McAuliffe said. "No one who has served as an elected official has looked back and wished they had been more rigid, more ideological or more partisan."
One of the first major issues he and the Legislature will have to deal with is Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. McAuliffe argued business owners and people in the health care business want Virginia to take advantage of federal aid.
McAuliffe defeated state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli last year winning just over 47 percent of the vote to 45 percent for Cuccinelli. A libertarian candidate who pulled almost 7 percent may have swung the election to the Democrat.