At a rally in the town called Unity, Barack Obama has been joined by his former rival : Hillary Clinton. This rally was their first public event since she pulled out of the race to be the Democratic presidential candidate.
The rally in New Hampshire was an opportunity for supporters of the party to come together after the divisive primary battle.
The event was preceded by a joint dinner in Washington, in which Mr Obama offered help in order to clear Mrs Clinton’s campaign debts.
At the Democratic rally, Mrs Clinton urged supporters to vote for Barack Obama.
“If you think we need a new course, a new agenda, then vote for Barack Obama and you will get the change you need”, she told the cheering crowd.
“He will work for you, he will fight for you and he will stand up for you every day in the White House.”
Needed by the Democrats
“Thank you Hillary”, chanted Mr Obama, joining the crowd after her speech.
He said Mrs Clinton and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, were needed by the Democrats, if they were to win the presidency.
“We need them badly – not just my campaign, but the American people need their service and their vision and their wisdom”, Mr Obama said.
Barack Obama said that they had “made history together”, even if he and Mrs Clinton started campaigning for the Democratic nomination with different agendas.
The get-together in Unity is rich in political symbolism, said the BBC’s North America editor, Justin Webb.
Vote for John McCain
On Friday, when they caught the flight to New Hampshire, Mr Obama and Mrs Clinton greeted each other with a kiss and a handshake. They also sat next to each other on the plane (photo, from lepoint.fr).
Before Thursday’s dinner, the two had not met in person since two days after the last primaries.
Despite the fact that Mr Obama has made headway in winning over Mrs Clinton’s supporters since she withdrew from the nomination race, the latest polls suggest that one in five of Hillary Clinton’s supporters has indicated they will vote for John McCain, the Republican candidate.
BBC’s correspondent adds that Thursday’s fundraising dinner was important for both sides. The Clinton campaign needs an injection of cash to pay off $20m debts. And Mr Obama needs the financial muscle of the Clinton money raisers.
Mr Obama has been warned by Mrs Clinton’s advisers that, if she has to spend the summer raising money to refund her debts, her ability to campaign on his behalf will be limited.