Former U.S. Rep. (and former Democrat) Artur Davis makes an entertaining case for Democrats and independents to support GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Davis, a centrist disillusioned with the Democratic Party, spoke at Tuesday’s night’s Republican National Convention in Tampa. When he represented Alabama in the U.S. House, Davis had been a key supporter of then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama’s run for the presidency and even spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Denver four years ago.
“Now some of you may know the last time I spoke at a convention, it turned out I was in the wrong place,” said Davis. “So Tampa, my fellow Republicans, thank you for welcoming me where I belong.”
Davis, who now lives in Virginia, raised the prospect of many more like himself…
“Now, America is the land of second chances. I gather in this close race, you have room for an estimated 6 million of us who got it wrong in 2008 and who want to fix it,” said Davis.
Then came the recollection of where it went wrong….
“Maybe we should have known that night in Denver that things that began with styrofoam Greek columns and artificial smoke don’t end well.”
Read the full transcript of his remarks at RealClearPolitics.com, including this…
“To those Democrats and independents whose minds are open to argument: listen closely to the Democratic Party that will gather in Charlotte and ask yourself if you ever hear your voice in the clamor.
“Ask yourself if these Democrats still speak for you.
“When they say we have a duty to grow government even when we can’t afford it, does it sound like compassion to you — or recklessness?”