“It’s our policy to withdraw our forces by 2014,” Carney said. “That’s what the vice president made clear, that’s what the president has made clear. ... It’s an issue around which Gov. Romney and Congressman Ryan have been extraordinarily unclear, repeatedly and habitually. ... We are ending that war in 2014. That is the policy of the president of the United States.”
A Ryan aide dismissed the attacks.
“If anyone stepped in it on Afghan withdrawal last night it was Joe Biden. He seemed to forget that it’s the administration’s policy to allow for a residual force after 2014 — an approach we agree with,” Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck said. “Must have slipped Mr. Biden’s mind.”
Schumer, meanwhile, said Democrats would remain mostly focused on the economy, which will still trump foreign policy in voters’ minds.
“I still think the economic issues will be 80 percent of this election,” he said.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.