Tsai ex­pects defama­tion-free cam­paign

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Tai­wanese pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Tsai Ing-wen ( ) said Sun­day that she ex­pects to run a defama­tion-free cam­paign with Hung Hsi­uchu ( ) if Hung can be nom­i­nated as the rul­ing Kuom­intang’s pres­i­den­tial can­di­date.

Tsai, who is also chair­woman of the op­po­si­tion Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP), of­fered her con­grat­u­la­tions and best wishes to Hung, who sur­passed the 30-per­cent thresh­old in the KMT’s pres­i­den­tial pri­mary polls on Sun­day.

Tsai ex­pects to cre­ate a “new” elec­tion cul­ture with Hung that will be dif­fer­ent from elec­tions in the past, which were crit­i­cized for can­di­dates of­ten hurl­ing defam­a­tory com­ments against each other, she told the press on the side­lines of a lo­cal cam­paign for a DPP leg­is­la­ture can­di­date.

Tsai also ex­pressed hope that Hung could lever­age her po­si­tion as the deputy leg­isla­tive speaker to per­suade KMT law­mak­ers not to block the DPP’s pro­posal to lower the thresh­old for the en­ti­tle­ment to civil rights to 18 years of age from the cur­rent 20.

Hung passed the req­ui­site thresh­old in the KMT pres­i­den­tial pri­mary polls on Sun­day with an av­er­age ap­proval rat­ing of 46.203 per­cent, qual­i­fy­ing her to be nom­i­nated as the party’s pres­i­den­tial can­di­date for the Jan­uary 2016 elec­tion.

The polls were or­ga­nized by Trengo and Stat­inc con­sul­tan­cies and the United Daily News, each of which col­lected more than 1,200 valid sam­ples.

Each poll mea­sured Hung’s ap­proval rat­ings run­ning alone and against Tsai. The fi­nal re­sults were an av­er­age of the two sce­nar­ios in the three polls.

The KMT is sched­uled to host a na­tional party con­ven­tion on July 19 to fi­nal­ize its pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion.

Pun­dits Weigh In


said Sun­day

that Hung’s ide­al­ist per­son­al­ity, clear pol­icy pro­pos­als and the sen­ti­ment among KMT sup­port­ers helped her pass the rul­ing party’s pri­mary poll thresh­old, pun­dits said on Sun­day.

Hung passed the 30 per­cent thresh­old in the KMT’s three pres­i­den­tial pri­mary polls that morn­ing, with an av­er­age ap­proval rat­ing of 46.203 per­cent.

Hung’s ide­al­ist per­son­al­ity in­spired many sup­port­ers and she clearly pro­posed a vi­sion of the na­tion’s devel­op­ment, in­clud­ing the sign­ing of a peace agree­ment with the Bei­jing regime, help­ing her to win more sup­port­ers, said Chang Ya-chung ( ), a po­lit­i­cal science pro­fes­sor at the Na­tional Tai­wan Uni­ver­sity.

Hung’s big­gest chal­lenge, Chang said, is whether she can chal­lenge and change the pop­ulist self-cen­tered ideas and opin­ions held over the past 10 to 20 years in Tai­wan within half a year by Jan­uary next year.

For in­stance, sign­ing a peace agree­ment with Bei­jing is a key to main­tain­ing long- term peace­ful devel­op­ment of crossTai­wan Strait re­la­tions, but what is needed more, a con­sen­sus be­tween Taipei and Bei­jing or a con­sen­sus within Tai­wan, Chang ques­tioned.

The main op­po­si­tion Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party nom­i­nated its chair­woman Tsai Ing-wen (

) as its 2016 pres­i­den­tial can­di­date in April and she re­cently fin­ished a 12-day visit to the United States, mak­ing KMT sup­port­ers hope that the rul­ing party would find its own can­di­date soon, said Fu Hung-der ( ), a po­lit­i­cal science pro­fes­sor of Tung­hai Uni­ver­sity.

The so- called KMT heavy­weights’ hes­i­ta­tion and cow­ardice in fail­ing to run in the pri­mary also drove party mem­bers to sup­port Hung and help her pass the pri­mary poll thresh­old, ac­cord­ing to KMT sources.

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