By Alicia M. Cohn - 06/18/12 10:27 PM EDT
“The reason I got behind him was two-fold. No. 1, perhaps naively, I believed if Barack Obama got elected, it would completely change race relations in this country,” he explained. “No. 2, I believed that the Democratic party would change because I believed, again perhaps naively and it turns out mistakenly, that Barack Obama represented the kind of center wing of the Democratic party that I thought that [former President] Bill Clinton represented.”
When Davis switched parties in May, he said he no longer felt “comfortable” with the policies of his party, citing as an example “an agenda that would punish businesses and job creators with more taxes just as they are trying to thrive again.”
He has maintained that his decision is not simply about Obama, who he respects “as a person” and role model.
However, he confirmed that he plans to vote for GOP nominee Mitt Romney in November.