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Ex-Obama Supporter Artur Davis Support Romney

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 27, 2012

Artur Davis was a 1990s honors graduate of Harvard University and Harvard law school.  He served as a Democratic Congressman from Alabama’s seventh congressional district from 2003 to 2011.  In 2010 he ran in the Democratic primary for the state’s governorship, but was defeated by the more liberal Ron Sparks.

During 2008 Davis was a strong supporter of Barack Obama’s run for the presidency.  In fact, Davis seconded Obama’s nomination in a speech at the Democratic National Convention in Colorado.

While an African-American, Davis’s politics are similar to what is referred to as the “blue dog” Democrats referring to the more conservative Democrats such as presidents Kennedy and Johnson.  As such he ran into confrontation with some fellow Democrats being the only member of the Congressional Black Caucus to vote against Obamacare.

In 2012 Davis announced that he was switching party affiliation and becoming a Republican.  He will be speaking at the Republican National Convention announcing his support of Mitt Romney for the presidency.  When asked about his support of Romney, Davis said: “I’m delighted to be there [the Republican National Convention] next week.  It’s not a role that I sought.  But it’s something I agreed to do because I do think it’s important for me to talk about what I think has happened in the country in the last four years.  It’s hard to make a case that the promise of four years ago has been born out.”

Last week Artur Davis was interviewed by Fox news is Neil Cavuto concerning his party change and support of Romney.  Following are excerpts from that interview.  It is evident that even centrist Democrats and former Obama supporters are feeling the frustration of the failed Obama policies.

CAVUTO:  I always thought, Congressman, your shift was a seminal event right up this with Douglas Wilder, the former Virginia governor, attacking Joe Biden for the famous chain and shackles comment.  In other words, very reasoned and reasonable Democrats who have concern here.  Your concern came before Wilder’s, though. Explain what has prompted your shift.

DAVIS:  Well, the short of it is this is just not the Democratic Party we used to know.

The Democratic Party has gotten narrower and it’s gotten smaller and it’s fundamentally wrong on all the key questions involving the economic future of this country and our hopes of prosperity.  And many Americans are beginning to realize that.

You pointed to the numbers that USA Today just released around the swing states.  Conditions aren’t likely to measurably improve between now and November.  It’s likely that when we get to November, in fact, a few days before the election, we’ll get data showing that we have been over 8 percent unemployment for 47 consecutive months at that point.

That will be the longest stretch, close to four years, since the Depression era, of unemployment above 8 percent.  It’s impossible for the president to explain that away, when he’s gotten the policies he wanted, he got the stimulus he wanted, he’s a Fed that’s been extremely attentive to his politics and he still hasn’t been able to turn the economy around.

CAVUTO: Let’s switch gears and talk to the reality of the economy, and that’s a big reason why you have declined your support for the president and moved to Mitt Romney.  What makes you think that he’s going to be any better at fixing things?

DAVIS:  Well, one of the things a lot of Americans don’t know, when Mitt Romney is nominated a few days from now, he will be the most experienced executive to be nominated for the presidency since Dwight Eisenhower in 1952, who had run a university and had run the allied war effort.

That’s actually a big deal.  Sometimes in this country, we don’t focus a lot on people’s experience and their resume.  Mitt Romney would be the most experienced executive to be nominated since 1952.  The fundamental task for the next president is going to be fixing things, cleaning things up, being a turnaround artist, if you will.

That is exactly the set of skills that Mitt Romney demonstrated with the Olympics, with the stagnant economy that he found in Massachusetts, and, yes, with the private equity marvel that he created called Bain Capital, which was a huge success, despite the president’s ads.

So, the man, Mitt Romney, happens to have the exact skill set that the next president’s going to require.

CAVUTO: All right, I’m curious, Congressman.  The Republicans have always had a problem with African-Americans and the African-American vote.  I think the president last time got 96 percent of the African-American vote.  He polls similarly strongly today, even with prominent members, yourself included, raising serious doubts.

Why is that?  And why do Republicans have such a tough time reaching out to African-Americans?  And will that change?

DAVIS:  Well, it’s two separate questions.

With respect to Barack Obama, let’s face it; Barack Obama is an iconic figure in the African-American community.  We respect that.  We understand that. African-Americans are going to vote for the first black president, especially when he happens to share the liberal politics on economic issues that many in that community hold.

To the broader point of how Republicans appeal to African-Americans, perhaps beyond this election, do it the old-fashioned way.  You talk about jobs, you talk about education, you talk about growing communities and you talk about growing families, and you realize that those values resonate with African-Americans very, very well.


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