Election 2012

Artur Davis Spurns Black Caucus

08.28.12 3:15 PM ET

Artur Davis' prominent split with the Democratic Party has drawn ire from his former colleagues, but he seems unruffled prior to his speech before the Republican National Convention.

Race is the unavoidable issue for many when it comes to Davis. And he has engaged on the issue recently, accusing the Obama campaign of using race for political advantage in a column for National Review. To HuffPost, Davis said the Obama campaign has wielded race "as a sword and a shield."

But he insisted his speech Tuesday night would not dwell on race. How, exactly?

"Very easy. Don't mention it," Davis said with a chuckle.