Hung vows not to use race exit to ne­go­ti­ate

Sched­uled to present pol­icy plat­form at head­quar­ters to­day


As re­marks made by Leg­isla­tive Speaker Wang Jin-pyng ( ) con­tinue to cast a pall over the Kuom­intang’s (KMT) pres­i­den­tial pri­mary process, Deputy Leg­isla­tive Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu ( ) yes­ter­day re­it­er­ated her re­solve to stay in the race, promis­ing she would not ex­change her with­drawal from the pri­mary for a slot in the leg­isla­tive elec­tions also to be held in 2016.

“The train is al­ready in mo­tion. Wouldn’t it be danger­ous to change spare parts at this mo­ment in time?” Hung said ad­dress­ing daysold spec­u­la­tion that Wang may be drafted by the party to run for pres­i­dent. She is sched­uled to present her pol­icy plat­form to the party’s Cen­tral Stand­ing Com­mit­tee (CSC) to­day.

While she im­plied that some were ob­struct­ing the KMT party pri­mary, Hung also ap­pealed to party mem­bers not to “use” the party lead­er­ship as a means of spread­ing ru­mors.

Opin­ion Poll Per­centiles to


Speaker Wang spent the morn­ing call­ing up mem­bers of the CSC in or­der to stop a mo­tion by his sup­port­ers to over­turn the opin­ion poll per­centiles pol­icy. Re­cently, an al­lo­ca­tion of 50 per­cent to­ward over­all sup­port for Hung and a 50 per­cent weight to­ward her chances of victory against Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party Chair­woman Tsai Ing-wen (

) re­placed an ear­lier ra­tio set by the party that placed 15 per­cent on over­all sup­port and 85 per­cent on electabil­ity against Tsai. Wang’s sup­port­ers vowed ear­lier that they would file a mo­tion to­day to re­in­state the 85 and 15 ra­tios.

KMT lead­ers in­clud­ing Chair­man Eric Chu (

) and Vice Chair­man Hau Lung-pin ( ) at­tempted to dis­pel spec­u­la­tion by is­su­ing state­ments that the party would run its pri­mary ac­cord­ing to reg­u­la­tions, while not sup­port­ing changes to the cur­rent 50 to 50 ra­tio for the two-day opin­ion poll to be con­ducted on June 12 and 13.

CSC mem­ber Chi­ang Shuo- ping ( ) who is be­lieved to be the or­ga­nizer of the mo­tion said yes­ter­day that it would “prob­a­bly be with­drawn.” Chi­ang added that it was not a mat­ter of sup­port­ing any con­tender, but rather “sup-

port­ing reg­u­la­tions.”

Ef­fects of Wang’s Re­marks

Am­bigu­ous: Hung

Mean­while, in an in­ter­view with China Tele­vi­sion Co. yes­ter­day, Hung sur­mised that Wang’s re­marks of be­ing “duty-bound” to run if drafted by the KMT have had a dual ef­fect on her opin­ion poll chances. Cit­ing her cam­paign aides, tele­phone re­spon­dents have re­sponded mostly in anger at Wang’s com­ments, which could give her pop­u­lar­ity an un­ex­pected boost in time for the opin­ion poll.

She also added that her cam­paign war chest had now reached NT$10 mil­lion, and that she would not use a sin­gle penny of the party’s money. Hung also vowed to set cri­te­ria for po­lit­i­cal dona­tions re­ceived by cor­po­ra­tions, adding that she would not just take what was given.

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