In an interview with American Urban Radio Networks’ reporter April Ryan and radio host Tom Joyner, former Democrat and ex-Barack Obama supporter Artur Davis called the president a “disappointment.” But he was less clear on how a President Mitt Romney would help black Americans.
Davis, who will speak at the Republican National Convention next week, switched political parties this year, saying his conservative views were no longer welcome among Democrats. Davis was a Democratic congressman from Alabama, but lost a Democratic primary for governor of Alabama in a landslide, after African-Americans and party faithful abandoned him for his rejection of the Affordable Care Act. Davis is widely rumored to be considering running for office in his new home of Virginia, as a Republican.
From News One:
Davis ducked the race issue and instead focused on the idea that funding for many programs geared toward the needy are currently ineffective and that the GOP ticket has the best chance in correcting those wrongs, “All programs ought to be assessed by their performance, they ought to be assessed by their efficiency,” said Davis. “But the notion that if you cut a federal program that you’re automatically hurting the interest of the people in that program, I disagree with that.”
Host Tom Joyner didn’t mince words and flatly asked Davis if African Americans would fare well under the leadership of Romney and Ryan should they prove to be victorious this fall. Once again, Davis was evasive in his reply, saying that he doesn’t judge policy based on how they affect one community but said that it was his belief that under GOP rule, the economy would bounce back and benefit Black people.
Read more and listen to the audio at NewsOne.com.