Former Obama campaign co-chair introduces Ryan in Virginia
August 17th, 2012
04:30 PM ET
2 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. Jobless recovery

    b. o. ~ vice pres of la raza cecilia munoz to sec of domestic policy, hilda la raza solis to sec of labor

    August 17, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. Sniffit

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

    I'm the Easter Bunny's cousin and I use magic knitting needles to crochet the clouds into the sky.

    August 17, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. Jean2

    Why so soon after Mr. Davis changed parties??? This is not the race card but about intergy, Will he change again if he should loose another election?

    August 17, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. RITA

    Traitor of the worst kind, he will never get another vote in Alabama, spell USELESS UNCLE TOM!!

    August 17, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  5. California Gary

    You "red staters"......tell me this. If the Republicans have the right ideas about how to govern, why is it that so many of the red states, who continue to elect GOP governors and legislators, have so many people living in poverty? Just wondering.....

    August 17, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. kayla

    nothing but a lap dog,

    August 17, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. Tell It Like It Is

    @bb: I am praying for you and so many others like you. I am just happy that you are in the minority with your hate. I hope and pray you do not have a family and your hate will not be passed on to children.

    August 17, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. george of the jungle

    must have redistricted him and he won't get elected unless he switches or he has been paid off. Take your pick

    August 17, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. Caliifornia

    Democrats posting their racism.

    How typical of them.

    August 17, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Mayor Tommy OCon
    I am a Louisiana democratic mayor and I am supporting Romney/Ryan 100 percent.◄
    ROTFLMAO

    I am a democratic voter and I am supporting Obama/Biden 100 percent!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    August 17, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    Who cares who this goof supports!!!!!

    August 17, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. Marquise

    He is no Uncle Tom. He is a "Step and Fetch it". As soon as he denounced the President he was paraded on the Republican stage. He is a token that they was use until they don't need him then they will put him in his place. Ask Michael Steele.

    August 17, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  13. matt

    Rita, LoL he's an uncle tom now? Why cause he doesn't agree with this joke of a president. Hey Rita i would dare you to call any black guy an uncle tom to his face. You wouldn't. Now go cash your government check and vote for obama.

    August 17, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  14. Darryl

    How funny, I red about this guy months back. He's from the south in Alabama I think and the people of Alabama didn't like him and his politics and vision what he wanted to do for the people. He got NO support from his own party. Then he lost an election and was history. So now he's a REPUBLICAN ???? How funny is that ! Now I see why......

    August 17, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  15. Martin Luther Fleurant

    Ref: Artur Davis switching sides: this sort of thing happens all the time in politics, and can most likely be attributed to being a disgruntle former associate who did not get a cabinet level position or access to the President as anticipated he is looking for payback. I can guarantee for fact his fate is not going to be better on the GOP side .... the empirical facts on such issue are abundant....Just look at "Joe Lieberman" and others whom have taken that path.

    August 17, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  16. Martin Luther Fleurant

    Ref: Artur Davis switching sides: this sort of thing happens all the time in politics, and can most likely be attributed to being a disgruntle former associate who did not get a cabinet level position or access to the President as anticipated he is looking for payback. I can guarantee for fact his fate is not going to be better on the GOP side .... the empirical facts on such issue are abundant....Just look at "Joe Lieberman" and others whom have taken that political graveyard path.

    August 17, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  17. Thomas

    A yes man for the man !

    August 17, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  18. Luke Brown

    This character is using the news media to hype his chances of running for office in Virginia. What an opportunist! Why do you people even cover him?

    August 17, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain: Under the Ryan Plan, Romney Pays 0.87% in taxes

    Big deal, one Democrat becomes a Repub. I'd like to see data on how many registered GOPers are now Independents or Democrats. I personally know of a couple who quit the GOP because they're sick of the obstruction and insanity.

    August 17, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain: Under the Ryan Plan, Romney Pays 0.87% in taxes

    And just like Michael Steele was kicked to the curb when they were done with him, the GOP will cut Davis loose ...

    August 17, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  21. Keeping It Real

    Democrats and their blatant racist attacks has become all too common lately. And yet they have anointed themselves and the party for minorities? Simply laughable! Every week there have been examples of how they have insulted and/or attacked a minority.

    August 17, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  22. rod

    Hey California Gary, get your facts straight. More red states are sound financially than blue states. Two states at the bottom include Illinois and California. Across the Illinois border in the state of Wisconsin, Governor Walker turned the state's deficit into a surplus and got re-elected. If I were you, I would question the party that claims they and big government is there to answer all of life's problems. Time to wake up and tell Big Gov to get the hell out of the way and let us improve our own lives!

    August 17, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  23. LibsHateFacts

    LOL! Poor Obama sheep, more bad news! Time to bring up another dead cancer victim to attack Romney. Time to bring up tax returns. Time to bring up that blacks will be put in chains. The sheep are desperate and foaming at the mouth like a Miami flesh eating zombie. Poor pathetic Obama sheep. LOL!

    August 17, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  24. Russ

    California Gary asked "You "red staters"......tell me this. If the Republicans have the right ideas about how to govern, why is it that so many of the red states, who continue to elect GOP governors and legislators, have so many people living in poverty?"

    You're right! We should put all Democrats in charge for a long time. Then, like Detroit, we could have less than 50% who can read and write... we could have places like Illinois and California who are so broke they can't pay their bills... we could have more cities like Chicago where racially motivated attacks are covered up as the right to bear arms is denied.

    Now let's look at the states where the finances are in good condition... hmm... Wisconsin with a Dem governor has just made a huge improvement in their finances. Indiana is in good shape. Illinois, solid Dem between those two, raised income tax rates 70% last year and they are still flat bust!

    August 17, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  25. frances welford

    California Gary

    You "red staters"......tell me this. If the Republicans have the right ideas about how to govern, why is it that so many of the red states, who continue to elect GOP governors and legislators, have so many people living in poverty? Just wondering.....

    Because greedy Democrats and thier corporate sponsors, and Big Green have destroyed the economy and now there's almost nothing left to steal, muchless give to 'poor' people.

    August 17, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
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