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

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  1. Bren

    The comments by the liberals posting here just shows why "liberalism is a mental disorder"-they are vile and sickening-and so typical of the majority of Obama supporters!!! I am glad that this man has awakened and can see that Obama is destroying our economy/country. He is definitely NOT the only moderate/sane Democratic politician/citizen that is aware of this!!! Thank you Mr. Davis for speaking out! You are a class act sir!!

    August 17, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  2. Craig

    "Uncle Tom", "Step 'n Fetch It"...sounds like some of you democrats are trying to put him in his place. God forbid that a black man can think for himself. Y'all must like those chains.

    August 17, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  3. Powerbar

    It's sad when a black man goes off the Plantation, the liberals start calling his all kinds of racist names like "Uncle Tom".

    Really sad.

    August 17, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  4. moderateGuy

    After 8 successful years of Romney/Ryan, perhaps we can have Ryan/Davis in 2020 and 2024

    August 17, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  5. jnsesq

    You - dare I say increasingly desperate sounding? - Kool-Aid drinkers all present the same customary responses to presentations of facts and of policies with which you disagree: Shrill, schoolyard name-calling.

    Say what you will, scream as you do, your time has come and finally - finally! - gone. Hail 2013! Hail America! Hail yes! LOL

    August 17, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  6. Eric

    Looking pretty bad for the democrats!

    August 17, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  7. Rocky

    This is a very intelligent man and he knows Obama is one and done. All Obama is good at is dividing Americans. I give him an A in that Department, the loser.

    August 17, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  8. Former democrap

    God bless this courageous man. He's seen that Obama and the democrat party just want to enslave minorities Obama is a failed president with no ideas and a nasty temper. Our nation is in worse shape than when he took over.
    As for the Uncle Tom stuff, remember King's words to judge people on their character rather than color. I guess if it's ok for blacks to vote for someone based on race, it's ok for whites too.

    August 17, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  9. Mahone Dunbar

    Uncle tom? Step n fetch it? You gotta laugh when the liberals pour out their true feelings . . . racist! The Klan, started by democrats, would be so proud of you. The pity is you're all to stupid to understand the irony of your own statements. And you vote? Sad.

    August 17, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  10. Musicman

    Hey California Gary, I'm a Californian as well and if I were you, I wouldn't talk. Red States are improving economically much quicker than blue states. Our state legislature, which has been perpetually controlled by progressive liberals for over 35 years, was once the most successful state in the nation and the 8th largest economy in the world. Now it's the 10 largest economy in the red in the world. Nice job libbies. This state, being controlled by the same ideology as the current White House, is a prime example of where the nation is heading if not stopped in November...

    August 17, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  11. Obama Is A Horrible President

    Another Black American threw of the Democratic party chains and humiliation. Congratulations Mr. Davis. We welcome everyone cherishing individual freedom and liberty and holding a love for America.

    August 17, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  12. CBR

    Mr. Davis has the right to support Mr. Romney. However, if you read his writings you become very confused about this man and his beliefs. His stated ideals are lofty but he does not seem to live by them.

    August 17, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  13. Jessica

    How about another 4 years of Hope and Change?

    and 8% unemployment, huge increases in government spending and economy in tailspin...

    August 17, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  14. pharmdk

    In a great speech from a great man... "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." Unfortunately, too many people still judge and name call because someone doesn't agree with the same ideas you do. I have never judged anyone by the color of their skin, but when you call someone an "Uncle Tom" then you are a racist. And heaven forbid you disagree with democrats, because then you are called names. It's ridiculous!
    There are MANY conservatives that don't judge based on race, but on principles. I have no problem helping people when needed, I do however have a problem supporting someone who doesn't want to support themselves (no matter their skin color). If you teach a man to fish, he will eat for life... if you feed a man fish, he will have one meal. I give my money to those organizations that do good and teach a man to fish. I just wish I had more of my own money to help people, because the government has most certainly mismanaged my money/taxes.
    If that makes me selfish or a racist, then so be it. But I am a proud conservative that just wants the government out of my life.

    August 17, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  15. Liberals Should Be Embarrassed


    August 17, 2012 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  16. aeroguy48

    Quick annother black trying to escape the plantation, put him back in chains

    August 17, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  17. Barack Obama Eats Krap

    Reading the pathetic comments of the Dummycrats here really is entertaining.

    Maybe you weak sisters can answer WHY Dumbo hasn't answered ONE QUESTION from the WH Press "Corpse" in over TWO MONTHS?

    Landslide FOR ROMNEY!

    August 17, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  18. Dorbo

    Dems and Libs getting nervous, and they should. You can tell when things are turning against them. They start foaming at the mouth

    August 17, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  19. Lib

    Davis is another example of the Black man envy of President Obama. Unfortunately there are a few Black men who feel intimidated by President OBama. It's like the joke people made of Jessie Jackson who was crying when the president won. Many folks joked that he was crying because it wasn't him. Davis seems to be an example of that Black man who feels he has not reached the height in politics which he has dreamed of all his life. Not only are the GOP jealous and envious of the Highly intelligent Black man in the white house, unfortunately like west, Davis has joined that list. Sad and pitiful. He is now a member of a party which does not really like people like him.

    August 17, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  20. Bud

    If a black person becomes a Republican he's a traitor to the race, but in truth if blacks would read more they would find out that the Republican Party was responsible for desegregation in the South. Men like President Dwight D. Eisenhower who sent in the US Marshall's and the National Guard to enforce desegregation in school across the south, if it wasn't for the Republican in the Senate Truman wouldn't have been able to enforce changes to the Armed Forces integration. Al Gore's father was a member of the KKK as were many other Democrats in the US Senate from the south but the truth about these man has been changed to make the blacks believe they were heroes instead of the villains they were and are.

    August 17, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  21. Jake

    "... this man wrote a budget with tough, hard, necessary choices. He put his name on it."

    A politician with integrity. Ryan will be vilified... I will vote for him.

    August 17, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  22. Mike

    Notice how Ahmadinejad didn't bow to Saudi Royality

    August 17, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  23. Rhinobuster

    I am,have been ,and will always be a Republican voter because I have a brain!

    August 17, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  24. DJ

    Wow! What a hate-fest this article has inspired. It continues to prove my hypothesis that the most intolerant, mean-spirited and hateful people are the far leftists. It's clear the Ryan selection was a great one just from the inflammatory rhetoric being spewed by so many people. Artur Davis is the type of courageous person we need in this country. He's a former Democrat who is sickened by the depths to which their lust for power has taken them and who understands rightly that it is the GOP which supports equal opportunities for all....NOT equal outcomes.

    August 17, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    I love these comments. None have addressed any policy questions just knee jerk democratic racial slurs (uncle tom etc.) Great discourse! Perhaps you might want to think a little first about the economic/political situation today, before issuing your racial knee jerk=democratic comments. So his comments have absolutely no relevance??? really?

    August 17, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
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