"I am convinced that I do not want to give up more power to the White House, whether it's George Bush or Barack Obama and I'm going to fight as hard as I can against President Obama on these earmarks and my Republican colleagues who hate to vote for them but love to get them," he said. Reid defends earmarks, blasts some Republicans as hypocrites – CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs Dismissing President Barack Obama's opposition to earmarks as "an applause line," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told NBC News on Wednesday that the president should "back off" and let lawmakers continue to direct spending to their home districts. Asked during a one-on-one interview with NBC whether Obama was wrong to promise a veto on any bill that contains earmarks, Reid quickly replied, "of course." "This is an applause line," Reid said. "It's an effort by the White House to get more power. They've got enough power as it is." First Read - Reid to Obama on earmarks: 'Back off' Thanks Nevada.