Biden says Romney ready to launch ‘war in Syria and Iran’

Vice President Biden on Sunday said Mitt Romney was ready to “go to war in Syria and Iran.”

Biden hit Romney’s acceptance speech at last week’s Republican National Convention, offering a broad critique of the GOP candidate’s foreign policy, during a campaign rally in York, Pa.

"He said it was a mistake to end the war in Iraq and bring all of our warriors home. He said it was a mistake to set an end date for our warriors in Afghanistan and bring them home,” said Biden, according to pool reports. “He implies by the speech that he's ready to go to war in Syria and Iran."

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Romney has been a tough critic of the administration’s foreign policy, arguing that Obama has been a weak ally to Israel, has done little to dissuade Iran from pursuing nuclear weapons and has hastily set a timetable for withdrawing U.S. forces from Afghanistan by 2014.

“It's not surprising that a politician who has been wrong about every major foreign-policy question over the last 30 years is wrong on every count about Gov. Romney's strategy to restore America's leadership role in the world,” said the Romney campaign in a statement about Biden’s remarks. “President Obama has undermined the pillars of American strength abroad with his failure to get our economy going, his devastating defense cuts, and his shameful failure to defend our values. In no region of the world is our influence greater than it was four years ago.”

Democrats, though, seem eager to discuss foreign policy and have touted the administration’s drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as Obama’s decision to authorize the raid in Pakistan that led to the death of Osama bin laden.

Polls suggest those events have boosted Obama on what is traditionally a Republican forte. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll in July found a majority of voters giving the president high marks on foreign policy. 

Democrats have also quickly seized on Romney’s convention address, delivered last Thursday, noting that he did not mention the troops or the war in Afghanistan.

“In an almost 45-minute speech Romney didn’t find time to mention our troops in Afghanistan,” Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter said.

On Sunday, senior Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom pushed back on those attacks and said Romney had addressed the troops in a speech to the American Legion last Wednesday. 

In his speech Sunday, Biden mostly focused on Romney and running mate Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) economic policies, which the vice president said favored the wealthy at the expense of the middle class. 

“The neighborhoods I come from… there's nothing gutsy about giving trillion-dollar tax breaks to millionaires,” said Biden. “There's nothing bold about turning Medicare into a voucher system.”

This story was updated at 3:45 p.m.