Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is not happy with President Obama and specifically with one line from the State of the Union address. When the President warned both parties that he vows to veto any bill with earmarks in it, Reid remarked, “the President thinks this will help him a little bit. More power to him, it’s just wrong.”
Reid was just getting warmed up though, and dismissed Obama’s stance on earmarks as merely “an applause line” and “an effort of the White House to get more power,” to which Reid cooly cautioned, “they’ve got enough power as it is.” Adamant that earmarks mean nothing in the grand scheme of the debt, Reid made explicit his complaint, in case it wasn’t clear already:
“[Obama] should just back off. He’s got enough to do without messing in what we do.”
NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell conducted the interview and asked Reid whether this issue has caused a rift between him and the President. O’Donnell claims Reid said it hadn’t, yet after an implication in this interview that Obama was merely “some bureacrat” in Washington, she might want to ask that question of Reid again now that this interview has aired.
Watch the clip from NBC below:
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