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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soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. Rick

    If you libs are already foaming at the mouth I can't wait to see you in November! This is going to be so entertaining to watch! You thought 2010 elections were bad for you, just wait libs... just wait! :)

    August 18, 2012 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  2. lin

    Romney/Ryan Smart, fit, and hard working talk about Issue . Everything Biden and Obama aren't. Hope & Change= Sleazy &Slandering.
    However Obama has managed to create so much hate within our nation
    he is the most Corrupt president abusing HANDOUTS/STIMULUS WELFARE bring millions amnesty give more welfare To buying votes to keep his Money, power and 747

    August 18, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  3. TLiebling

    It is a joy to see liberals having conniption fits because a Black American decided to leave the plantation.

    August 18, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  4. SwissGuy

    "Uncle Tom" "Token Black Guy", disgusting comments from the side that is supposedly tolerant.

    August 18, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  5. takenobull

    If you support Obama its not because of his accomplishments or leadership.

    August 18, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  6. takenobull

    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.....

    My answer to the above is look at Democrat led Detroit and I understand that California left wing ran cities are going broke. We ok in the Red States lol

    August 18, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  7. Please Grow Up

    Did you know that there were slaves/black soldiers who fought for the Confederacy? In fact, several of these were given officer status (which never happened in the north). Perhaps they, like Jewish people who supported Nazis (and there were some), or the kidnap victims of the Iranians who displayed "Stockholm" syndrome thought that the oppressors would "forget" their otherness if they joined up. The GOP may welcome the support of this man, but they are never going to forget that he is black.

    August 18, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  8. Boris Badenoff

    And libs still try to convince the public it's the right that's racist.. lol what a joke, just read the libs post here.
    All that so called "superior" intellect and they still can't keep their emotional hate from coming out when they sit at the keyboard.

    You tell me who is racist... Hey you libs, try looking up the word projection in the dictionary..

    August 18, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  9. Ira Dernotsei

    Barack Obama...

    Forward or Barackward... That's the choice!

    August 18, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  10. Edward R Boothe

    How many hundred trillion dollars do you have in your bank account? The country of Zimbabwe is now printing $100,000,000,000,000 notes because of their lack of fiscal discipline, which leads to bankruptcy, which in turn leads to hyperinflation. You can buy a loaf of bread with a hundred trillion dollar note.

    Thanks to Barrack Hussein Obama's refuse to agree to any reductions in his insane spending spree, we are on the same path as Zimbabwe. He is in the process of bankrupting this country, either intentionally, or because he just doesn’t care what happens to the country. Maybe he wants it to go bankrupt so it can become a part of the World Communist Order

    If he is reelected for four more years he will succeed, and any money you have in the bank, in your 401K, stock market, CD’s, or bonds will be worthless.

    At this point people will be killing in the street for food and water, and you can kiss your beloved United States of America good by. How many hundred trillion dollars do you have in your bank account? The country of Zimbabwe is now printing $100,000,000,000,000 notes because of their lack of fiscal discipline, which leads to bankruptcy, which in turn leads to hyperinflation. You can buy a loaf of bread with a hundred trillion dollar note.

    Thanks to Barrack Hussein Obama's refuse to agree to any reductions in his insane spending spree, we are on the same path as Zimbabwe. He is in the process of bankrupting this country, either intentionally, or because he just doesn’t care what happens to the country. Maybe he wants it to go bankrupt so it can become a part of the World Communist Order

    If he is reelected for four more years he will succeed, and any money you have in the bank, in your 401K, stock market, CD’s, or bonds will be worthless.

    At this point people will be killing in the street for food and water, and you can kiss your beloved United States of America good by. Do you want your children and grandchildren facing this kind of country? It will be your choice in less than three months.

    Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have a plan to get spending under control, make us energy independent, and save this great nation. Please give them a chance to do it. Obama has had his chance and he failed. There was an abundance of change, but now no hope unless we remove this narcissistic individual from the office of the presidency..

    August 18, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  11. Boris Badenoff

    Go ahead libs, all those that liked V.P. Bidens "chains" comment raise your hand...

    August 18, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  12. JT

    Wow, a black man really gets sent to the woodshed if he dares to step out of the liberal line. You people don't actually call yourself progressives, I hope! Artur Davis is a brilliant guy and an honest one; you're the Uncle Toms, hewing to the same old party BS that has gotten you absolutely nothing but empty promises. Who's the idiot? Look in the mirror.

    August 18, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  13. T'sah From Virginia

    When Republicans, (the ones that’s running Romney/Ryan), get a "Black that's better than Democrat’s Blacks" they use them – ask Michael Steele (but at least Michael Steele saw the light and kind of snapped out of it). West, Cain, Davis, and others – the Republicans use them as a tool to "attack Blacks" – Cain started at the bottom, calling Blacks on the left "brainwashed" – West in the middle, serving "Chic-fil-A” chicken and biscuits to the CBC and doing other “attack-Black things” – and now Davis, he starts at the top with Obama and I guess he will eventually trickle down to welfare recipients!!!

    Do you want to know what this represents? The Whites "promising" SOMETHING (and no one knows what) if you “be a ‘good N-Word’" and at the same time, they have a collar around your neck and will "pull" on it if you get out of hand – ask Michael Steele. Think about it – Ann Coulter said it best – "Our Blacks are better than their Blacks!!!" Jeez, Really?

    WAKE UP AMERICA!!!
    Obama/Biden 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!

    August 18, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  14. marianne bennardo

    He has seen the light, and refuses to support a communist again for president.

    August 18, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  15. Timmy

    Just saw the movie 2016..... Hussein is toast, it's over folks.

    August 18, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  16. run4est

    I guess it is just like out of the Blues Brothers movie............. " Do yo see the light, do you see the loght" ?

    August 18, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  17. Texan Girl

    I love all the racism and hate that is being spewed here.. especially by those that espouse being tolerant.

    August 18, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  18. Big Surprise

    Racist Democrats? I'm shocked...

    August 18, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  19. spoofproof

    Good for Mr. Davis. The party of the people has become the party of the Marxist Ideologues. Democrat Communists who will do anything to hold on to power. DEMOCRAT POLITICAL PARTY = nihilistic absence of morality. "There is nothing democratic about the Democrat Political Par-tay

    August 18, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  20. Alabama For Romney

    Obama our first and hopefully last affirmative action president. Congratulations Mr, Davis!

    August 18, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  21. spaceman99

    So much vitriol from the party of tolerance and diversity. Looks like you only tolerate those that think like you while your definition of diversity are people that are like you.

    August 18, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  22. mbf

    The social experiment in over

    August 18, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  23. Dan

    "Uncle Tom"? "Step and Fetch It"? So people who don't agree with the great Marxist Obamao are racists, but it is OK to call an African-American man someone who left the Dem party to support the GOP terrible racist names? The people on here resorting to this name-calling, and you know who you are, sound like the Dixiecrats from the 50s and 60s who hated blacks and supported segregation. You should be ashamed of yourselves for making such remarks. This just shows your desperation. Obamao is going down in November, you are just too blind to see it.

    August 18, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  24. RW24

    Like your choice in bands Mr. Davis as well as your politics.

    August 18, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  25. JohnBoy

    Interesting that it's OK to hurl racial slurs at blacks who don't buy into the same policies that have created a permanent black underclass. Should we continue to defend Detroit or Baltimore as a blueprint?

    August 18, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
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