Hillary Clinton has joined Barack Obama at a rally – their first public event since she pulled out of the race to be the Democratic presidential candidate.
The rally in Unity, New Hampshire, was an opportunity for supporters of the party to come together after the divisive primary battle.
The event follows a joint dinner in Washington where Obama offered help to clear Clinton’s campaign debts.
Clinton urged supporters at the Democrat rally to vote for 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.”
After her speech, Obama joined the crowd in chanting “thank you Hillary”.
He said the Democrats needed Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, 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,” Obama said.
Although he and Clinton had started the campaign for the Democrat nomination with different agendas, Mr Obama said they had “made history together”.
The get-together in Unity is rich in political symbolism.
As well as the name, it is also the town whose Democrats were evenly split – 107 voted for Obama, 107 for Clinton.
Obama and Mrs Clinton greeted each other with a kiss and a handshake when they caught the flight to New Hampshire on Friday. They also sat next to each other on the plane, the Associated Press reported.
Prior to Thursday’s dinner, the two had not met in person since two days after the last primaries.
Latest opinion polls suggest that while Obama has made headway in winning over Clinton’s supporters since she withdrew from the nomination race, one in five of them has indicated they will vote for the Republican candidate, John McCain.
Our correspondent adds that Thursday’s fundraising dinner was important for both sides – the Clinton campaign needs an injection of cash to pay off USD 20m debts, but Obama needs the financial muscle of the Clinton money raisers.
Clinton’s advisers have warned Obama that her ability to campaign on his behalf will be limited if she has to spend the summer raising money to pay off her debts.