“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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.