Hillary Clinton backed Democratic presidential candidate for the first time in a solo campaign in Nevada (photo, from bbc.co.uk). She told the crowd that she wanted Barack Obama, who won a hard-fought campaign to her, to win.
The crowd has been urged by the New York senator to “remember who we were fighting in my campaign” and to vote against Republican John McCain.
On Friday, she said in Henderson, Nevada, that “anyone who voted for me or caucused for me has so much more in common with Senator Obama than Senator McCain”.
Since their joined appearance at a June rally, her speech in Nevada was the first time Mrs Clinton appeared backing Mr Obama in public, even though she had already endorsed the Illinois senator in his run for the presidency.
“We may have started on two separate paths, but we are on one journey now”, she said of her former rival.
She added that the long primary campaign had shown “his passion, his determination, his grace and his grit”.
During the primary season, Mr Obama’s strengths had been talked down by her husband, Bill Clinton.
But the Democratic party has announced the former president will speak at the party’s national convention in Denver later this month.
Throughout Mrs Clinton’s speech, as she highlighted the differences between Mr Obama and Mr McCain on issues like Supreme Court nominations and health care reform, Friday’s crowd cheered heartily.
‘Working for him’
New York senator warned that in November, the Democrats would need a high voter turnout to win.
“Senator Obama needs all of us, he needs us working for him”, said Mrs Clinton.
On Friday, both Democratic and Republican hopefuls focussed comments towards resolving the mounting political crisis in Georgia.
Campaigning in Iowa, John McCain has urged the US to convene an emergency session of the UN Security Council, to resolve the conflict between Moscow and Tbilisi over South Ossetia.
En-route to a holiday in Hawaii, his rival said it was important for the US to work with the international community, in order to bring about a peaceful resolution.