CAMP HILL, Pa. - Gov. Rendell, delivering what he called "my first Obama speech," challenged fellow supporters of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton last night to set aside their grudges and work to elect Sen. Barack Obama president.

The governor, addressing about 200 people at a Democratic State Committee dinner, assured Clinton supporters that he felt their pain like no one else.

"Many of you may have worked as hard as I did for Sen. Clinton, but nobody worked harder," he said. "Many of you may have cared very deeply about Sen. Clinton . . . but nobody cared more than I did."

Rendell stressed the similarity of Obama's and Clinton's stands on major issues, such as the economy and health care, while deriding the positions of Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the GOP nominee-apparent, as simply wrong.