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Chiang Shuo- ping ( ) who is believed to be the organizer of the motion said yesterday that it would “probably be withdrawn.”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-
Effects of Wang’s Remarks
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.