Artur Davis: GOP 2012 defeated because they focused ‘exclusively on the economy’

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Former U.S. Rep. Artur Davis

Former U.S. Rep. Artur Davis speaks during the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 28, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Today is the first full session of the RNC after the start was delayed due to Tropical Storm Isaac. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Former Democratic congressman Artur Davis, who made headlines this year when he switched political parties and endorsed Mitt Romney at the RNC, is weighing in on the president’s re-election.

In an interview with the right wing Daily Caller website, Davis took his new party to task for mistakes in strategy and messaging which he feels contributed to their general election defeat.

“The problem with the message that was focused exclusively on the economy is that economic numbers change,” he said.

“And you saw that, over the course of the campaign, it was not uncommon back in January and February for Romney and other Republicans to describe the economy as the worst economy that we had had in — fill in the blank, some would say a generation, some would say since the [Great] Depression. As the year progressed, even though the rate of job growth was tepid by historic standards, you saw measurable movement in consumer confidence over the course of this year.”

Despite his disappointment with the results and his uncertain political future as a Republican, Davis remains an ardent opponent of the president.

“I am convinced that there was a group of Americans who were firmly prepared to defeat Obama simply on one ground, that Barack Obama did not produce the kind of promise and reunification of the country he talked about four years ago,” Davis told the Daily Caller.