BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) - Thousands of people turned out on the Boston Common Tuesday night to hear Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick endorse Sen. Barack Obama for president.
Patrick welcomed the Illinois Democrat to Red Sox Nation saying "around here we know how to come from behind and win and that is exactly what we are gathered here to help the senator do."
The Massachusetts governor, who was endorsed during his primary gubernatorial campaign by Obama and during his general election campaign by President and Sen. Clinton, explained why he is endorsing Obama.
"We don't just need a democrat, we need a leader," he said. "This election is not just about who we want but who we are. I want a president who understands that."
Obama took the stage and congratulated Red Sox fans but admitted he is a White Sox fan, saying "you don't want somebody who pretends to be a Red Sox fan to be president of the United States. You want a principled sports fan who stands by his team even when they are losing."
He also answered critics who say he has not been aggressive enough so far in his presidential campaign.
"Don’t underestimate those who are speaking softly but carrying a big stick," he said. "Because inside of me there is anger and frustration over what we have not done in this country. I don’t accept that in the wealthiest nation on earth we should still have 47 million people without health insurance."
– CNN Producer Fran Fifis