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09/20/2010 06:11 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Mark Kirk Wants To Halt Financial Bailout He Voted For (VIDEO)

Mark Kirk is being called a flip-flopper by his Democratic opponent once again this week, after changing his tune on the economic stimulus package.

According to the Associated Press, U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk wants to bring an early end to the government bailout of banks and automakers, a program he originally supported.

"It's hard to tell which Congressman Kirk we should believe -- the one who enthusiastically supported TARP, voted six times to protect taxpayer-financed CEO bonuses, and voted against cracking down on Wall Street, or the one who now says the program should be shuttered," Scott Burnham, campaign spokesman for Kirk's opponent Alexi Giannoulias said in a statement. "It's becoming difficult to know which Congressman Kirk is telling the truth and which is lying."

Kirk said the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, is no longer needed and that the government would save $16 billion by halting it immediately, the AP reports. His change of tune on the matter comes just weeks before the program stops accepting new projects anyway.

On Monday, the Giannoulias campaign sent out an email, along with video of Kirk touting his support of TARP in a 2008 speech. (Scroll down for video)

". . . Many of you know we just voted on an economic rescue package and the calls running into my district were 10 to 1 against that bill," Kirk said in 2008. "Dan Seals took the popular position and he said he would have voted no on the economic stimilus package. I voted for it, both the first time and the second time, because I will always vote to protect your job, even if it risks losing mine."

Seals is a Democrat running for the 10th district seat vacated by Kirk.

Kirk told the AP Monday that TARP was needed then but not now.

WATCH Kirk's 2008 defense of TARP here: