Former Obama campaign co-chair to stump for Romney
August 15th, 2012
08:38 AM ET
10 years ago

Former Obama campaign co-chair to stump for Romney

(CNN) - A former four-term Democratic congressman from Alabama and one time strong supporter of President Barack Obama will campaign for Mitt Romney Wednesday.

A Romney campaign aide confirms to CNN that Artur Davis will stump for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee in the battleground state of Virginia.

Artur Davis appears Wednesday on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." Watch the program from 4 p.m. ET – 7 p.m. ET.

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Davis, who is black, may be best known for seconding Obama's nomination at the Democratic National Convention in 2008, when he served as an Obama campaign co-chairman. Davis said he had hoped Obama's presidency would make a huge dent in race relations, as well as move the Democratic Party further to the center.

In 2010, Davis made an unsuccessful bid for governor of Alabama. In May he announced he was switching to the GOP, leaving the door open to a future political bid as a Republican.

Davis said in June that he thinks his one time political party was becoming more unwelcoming towards Southern conservative Democrats.

"I think the Obama administration has candidly gone too far to the left. You can raise all kinds of questions on whether that's good politics or not," Davis said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." "Obviously the election will determine that."

The Romney campaign says Davis will team up with Virginia GOP Victory Chairman Pete Snyder and a local business owner at an event in Arlington.

Buzz Feed was first to report on the Davis appearance at the Romney campaign event.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Virginia
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Davis jumped ship for one simple reason, fund raising. He couldn't raise enough funds to compete in Alabama elections. He lost the race for the highest office, which means his AL political career was pretty much done. So, he shook his Etch A Sketch and it came back as Virginia Republican. He's raising lots of bucks now.

    August 15, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  2. Tree

    Who cares......he has his own agenda..........

    August 15, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  3. Tony in Maine

    Good riddance.

    August 15, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  4. Fair is Fair

    This article should produce some of the most disgusting, vile comments in ticker history.

    August 15, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  5. MaryM

    Wonder how many millions Davis is getting paid to jump ship.

    August 15, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  6. That Guy

    Poor Artur – he's just trying to find his place.

    I love the part that reads "Davis, who is black", as if we can't see that from the picture. This is a weird story.

    August 15, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  7. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Sounds like this clown has a bone to pick with The President.

    August 15, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  8. Jim

    Moving to the House, are we?

    August 15, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  9. John F

    He couldn't make it as a democrat, now he's switching sides trying to get elected as a republican.

    August 15, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  10. quinLee

    Just a “token” of our appreciation.

    August 15, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  11. Toni Mikel

    Hey Paul! I'd likeCNN to followupand see by how much this
    Former Congressman's banking account has increased since Tuesday! Talk about a true politician! Willing to be a turncoat to be on taxpayers payroll. I'm guessing he'll show different viewpoints now, interests just like many faces of Mitt?! He better get a pedicure if he's gonna be a flipflopper?!? What if he is really a spy?! Wouldn't it be funny if he wore bug in same room ( like a fly on the wall) while so many of the President bigot bashing took place in meetings?! Ha!

    August 15, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  12. Af

    Arthus Davis, This is a shame, I knew you will be for Romney because Romney has more millionaires and billionaires in his campaign, Rights? Where there are more money is I will be. I don't care.

    August 15, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  13. once upon a horse

    this will help Romney get the black vote for sure!! They should also get Allen West and Herman Cain to help out as well.

    August 15, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  14. Don't let the door knob hit you...

    you lose a race and jump ship???...good-bye crybaby!

    August 15, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  15. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    Follow the money....

    August 15, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  16. karen

    Mr. Davis would have been elected Governor of Alabama if he hadn't lost in the democrat primary. The democrats voted for a left-wing lunatic who wanted to have a lottery to raise money for medicaid. Mr. Davis was too centrist for the liberals in the democrat party.

    August 15, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  17. v4865

    All i can and will say is after NOVEMBER HE'LL NO LONGER BE RELEVANT!!

    August 15, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  18. mannie908

    He is so desperate for power, and with that said,.he is what i call political harlot.

    August 15, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  19. R.I.P. Damon

    Uh oh, better get ready for the "Uncle Tom" comments...

    August 15, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    In 2010, Davis made an unsuccessful bid for governor of Alabama. In May he announced he was switching to the GOP, leaving the door open to a future political bid as a Republican.
    The man pulled a Lieberman and switched Parties. That is his perogative. As such did we expect him to support the DEMOCRATIC candidate? Likely not.
    Where. oh, where is the story here CNN, besides the usual rabble-rousing spin?

    August 15, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  21. Joi Gibson

    Then be gone with you – that is your prerogative. However, to say the Obama administration has gone to far to the left is a mischaracterization – just ask some of those on the left – for them, the President has been too centrist. Mr Davis says the Democratic party is unwelcoming to southern Democrats. They are no more unwelcoming than the Republican party is to certain minorities. Look at the Democratic party tent and look at the Republican party tent. Frankly, with the rhetoric from the Republican party, it is a wonder anyone other than rich Caucasian men actually belong to that party.

    And BTW, the Romney campaign's faux outrage of Vice President's remarks yesterday is the epitome of hypocrisy. And stop whining. That campaign whines about everything. Grow a pair!! Or better yet, how about being more open with the American people instead of saying we'll tell you after the election. That might work for your base, but not so much for others.


    August 15, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  22. Ted van Tol

    Amazing how easy some people flip flops. It must bring him a lot of money in his pocket.

    August 15, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  23. Donkey Party

    Davis is wrong on so many levels. But since he's such a flip-flop, the Romney team is a natural fit for him.

    August 15, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  24. Richard

    He thinks he knows where his bread is buttered!

    August 15, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  25. gt

    there is no longer a moderate democrat...nancy seen to long to good guys like mike ross and heath schuler....sad, sad day to a once great party that has turn to the far, far, far left groups...

    August 15, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
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