WINDHAM, N.H.—Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick told New Hampshire Democrats on Saturday that it was time for the party to grow a backbone and stand up for the American dream.
Patrick was in the first-in-the-nation primary state to help energize President Barack Obama's re-election campaign. He spoke at the state Democratic Party's annual Jefferson Jackson dinner in Windham.
"To be able to imagine a better future and then to work for it, IS the American dream," he said.
Patrick urged Democrats not to rest until America had good schools for all children, accessible and affordable health care, a simpler and more equitable tax system and opportunities for the elderly and disabled to remain in their homes and in their communities.
"We have to be about healing and about making a difference in people's lives," he said.
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., also spoke to the crowd.
"Have faith in our president. He is getting in fine form and he's going to be ready to go," she said.
Earlier in the day, Patrick appeared at the opening of the Obama for America campaign field office in Portsmouth.
Patrick has said he will help campaign for the president -- a fellow Chicagoan and personal friend -- as much as his schedule allows during the coming year.
Patrick formed his own political action committee to help pay for his travels on behalf of Obama and the national Democratic Party.