Former Obama campaign co-chair introduces Ryan in Virginia
August 17th, 2012
04:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Former Obama campaign co-chair introduces Ryan in Virginia

(CNN) – Artur Davis, the former four-term Democratic congressman from Alabama who co-chaired President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign, introduced the running mate of Obama's Republican challenger in Virginia Friday.

"Are you ready to meet the next vice president of the United States?" Davis asked at a rally in Springfield, Virginia. It was Ryan's second event of the day. He held a rally outside Richmond on Friday morning.

In his introduction, Davis pointed to Ryan's age – he's 42 – as having energized the GOP. Davis is 44.

"Remember a week ago, some of our Democratic friends had the illusion that we were kind of an older party. That were the party of the last generation. One week later I'm the oldest man on this stage right now," Davis said. "What a difference a week makes."

Davis, who said in May he was switching parties from Democrat to Republican, said he had only disagreed with Ryan on one subject: the status of Led Zeppelin as the "#1 band of the modern era."

"I questioned you as you said it. As a Genesis man, I questioned it," Davis said.

He also praised Ryan's willingness to advance a House GOP budget that included sometimes-unpopular cuts to programs in the name of cutting the federal debt.

"President Romney is going to have a vice president who believes, in a town where no one takes responsibility for anything, Washington D.C., this man wrote a budget with tough, hard, necessary choices. He put his name on it," Davis said.

Filed under: Paul Ryan • Virginia
soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. EX Republican

    He another congressman West and probably getting paid big money from Romney.

    August 17, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Was this before or after Ryan started blaming Obama for the closing of a GM plant that occurred in December 2008, when Bush was still POTUS?

    August 17, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. John

    I would bet the farm that this guy got paid off, as a token black that could hurt the presidents campaign, and that he basically is "Judas on steroids".

    August 17, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Pete

    Here's Uncle Tom,what's he gonna do after the election,get yer coat sir,take out the garbage sir,get the car sir,just another guy who sold his own for a quick buck,another sell out and he lost respectability too in the process,you'll see!!

    August 17, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. Luke,AZ

    Gov. Romney is not presidential material, nor is Paul Ryan vice presidential material. The Vulture/Voucher candidates want to kill the middle class and throw my 89 and 85 year old father and mother off the cliff. Not only are seniors against Ryan/Romney but their children as well who are the bulk of the baby boomers.

    August 17, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. The Independent Voter

    In every age, there are people who are easily bought with money to go against the righteous and betray friends. Sad, no?

    August 17, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  7. independent

    This is what 'former' people do, turn on those they worked with before. Look at that squirrel of an adviser to Bill Clinton now working for Fox News. He was the lowest up to now. We will have to wait and see about Davis and how low he goes.

    August 17, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. bb

    Dont be so bitter dumbocraps. This guy saw the light admitted he made a mistake with Oblunder and now wants to help rebuild america. Good man comming around to proper way of thinking.

    August 17, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  9. bkgrandma

    Does anyone really think that this man is not taking a bribe from the repubs to turn his back on all of the other African Americans who know that Romney could care less about them. He is their token black now that they have thrown Herman Caine by the side of the rode.

    August 17, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. Valentina

    Boo Hoo you liberals! You are going down in flames in November.

    R&R 2012 and beyond!

    August 17, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. NVa Native

    Fantasy Island Life of the Bubble Boys ~ the GOP is the angry old fearful party headed for extinction like the Whigs. But with Koch's billions and other elitist’s billions floating around feeding their machine of hate & fear you know some opportunists will be there.
    Four term Congressmen like doppy-droppy eyes Ryan and Davis are career politicians who won't leave the trough if they don’t have to. No matter who's slop is in the trough.

    August 17, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. California Gary

    Davis was finding it hard to get elected in his home state of Alabama as a guess turns out he's actually a Republican. That's the sign of a man with no core he fits right in with the Romney bunch.

    August 17, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. bb

    Lets look at Oblunders achievements OOOOps didnt see any, short commings , Ill close gitmo, i wont run if unemp isnt under 6% , I wont run if deficet not cut in half, u didint build it, the new unemploy stats prove the private sector is fine, MAN UP AND LEAVE OBLAMEO AND TAKE THAT IDIOT OBIDEN WITH YOU

    August 17, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  14. bb

    @Luke, read the bill b-4 you embarrass yourself any further.

    August 17, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |

    Virginia is OBAMA COUNTRY!! R&R, you can keep the traitor.

    August 17, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |


    August 17, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  17. John

    If the American People have any Brain at all they will not vote for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, And If they are dumb enough to let these two win than they deserve everything they get. These two will be worst then BUSH and Cheney. Paul Ryan Plan will not get America out of dept,all he going to do Is take has much has he can from the Middle Class ,the poor and thing that up woman and the old and give It to the Rich will more tax cut.

    August 17, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. Chris

    Sniffit.... The difference was that Unions ran them into the ground, not GWB. Also, the housing crisis the Democraps started aided that.. Obama gave them money, essentially taking over the company and Obama TOOK CREDIT for its success. Well, now the reality of what big government does is front and center as to how bad it is and what a HORRIBLE MISTAKE of a President this clown is. Sorry to tell you but you are wrong..

    August 17, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  19. kola

    Did you know this guy is a basterd man in history and he is a thef, after he rubery in DNC, know is looking forward big move to RNC, he is going to smell him self, he did not asked Micheal Steel in 2010. let see you will know that is a loser man

    August 17, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  20. Republican Latino

    Good job Davis! I am sure there are many who would like to do the same in the Democratic party.

    August 17, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  21. Republican Latino

    Obama's Achievements ? Its a poster with a few editorials. NOBAMA Please !!!!!! Wake the h e (double hockey sticks) UP!!!

    August 17, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  22. BIGEEE1

    Liberals have always been able to play the race card, so it is no stretch that here, they play the race card but now against a black man. After all, some blacks have realized that after voting for Democrats since the 1960's, they are actually worse off then before and are coming to realize that the democratic way has done nothing but increased their dependency on government. God forbid someone have a different opinion!

    August 17, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  23. Dom

    CNN: Breaking News, Arthur Davis once a Obama backer and now a republican is supporting team Romney.

    US Electorate: Who?

    August 17, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  24. drake mallard

    Make Politicians Take a Pay Cut Before Cutting Money from Education and Social Services!

    Hey they should cut their own benefits and services. no more lifetime benefits for 4 years of service! They should NOT be getting lifetime health coverage when they have the money to pay on their own!

    Why Not Have congress/senate Paid By Minimum-Wage? Ban ALL forms of
    fundraising/lobbyist for any purpose. that is what has destroyed our
    government. Politicians have no idea what it means to live like the
    majority of americans, or the people they represent. maybe changing
    how they live might change their priorities

    August 17, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  25. Mayor Tommy OCon

    I am a Louisiana democratic mayor and I am supporting Romney/Ryan 100 percent.

    August 17, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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