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President Obama praises Clinton on campaign trail

Clinton and Obama traveled to North Carolina on the Air Force One, which Donald Trump said was a burden on taxpayers. A Clinton spokesman said the campaign would cover its portion of the travel costs. Photograph: (Getty)

Reuters North Carolina, United States Jul 06, 2016, 01.55 AM (IST)
After months on the sidelines, President Barack Obama joined Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail at a rally on July 5, urging voters to pick his former secretary of state to succeed him in the White House.

"I'm here today because I believe in Hillary Clinton, and I want you to help elect her to be the next president of the United States of America," Obama said at a rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, in what was likely to be the first of many trips on behalf of his 2008 primary rival.

"There has never been any man or woman more qualified for this office than Hillary Clinton," he added.

Obama was returning the favour after Clinton backed him in 2008. This year, he waited while she battled US senator Bernie Sanders for the party nod before endorsing Clinton last month once she became the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Clinton and Obama travelled to North Carolina on the presidential plane Air Force One, which Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump said was a burden on taxpayers. A Clinton spokesman said the campaign would cover its portion of the travel costs.

(Reuters)
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