KMT candidate reflects on Hung-Wang relations
Deputy speaker cites need for new types of campaigning
Deputy Legislative Speaker and likely Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu (
) reversed her stance on remarks she made on Thursday in which she said that Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng ( ) would need to participate in a head-to-head election if he wanted to return to the Legislative Yuan.
In a radio interview, Hung said it was not a matter of her “supporting or not supporting” Wang continuing his tenure as legislative speaker, but that the overall strategy regarding the KMT’s legislature-at-large allocations to keep Wang at his current position seemed unfeasible. She said that one possibility for Wang to keep his speaker position was for him to participate in the legislative elections next year.
Hung, known for her outspoken style, said yesterday that she often reflects on whether “I have been a moron in some areas.” She added that a person’s underlying character is hard to change after many decades, referring to her personal style of saying directly what is on her mind.. Hung said that while many refer to her style of speaking in the legislature as strict or aggressive, she is by nature jocular and easy-going.
Hung paid a call to visit Wang on Thursday to seek his support for her candidacy. Wang, while publicly voicing his support, declined to serve as the head of Hung’s campaign effort, saying that he needed to concentrate his efforts on the legislature.
‘Hung effect’ as Pan-blue
In response to her interviewer’s questions on her high opinion poll results of recent days as being attributed to a “Hung effect,” Hung said that support for her could be related long-standing dissatisfaction from pan-blue supporters. Hung referred to the political accomplishments during incumbent President Ma Ying-jeou’s tenure having been covered over, and that the constituency feels that it is not supporting the likes of a ruling party.
“Many things that should have been insisted upon and made clear were not,” Hung added, reiterating a stance she made two weeks ago that the KMT has not been insistent
enough on its core values.
Campaign to Require New
Commenting on the nature of the campaign ahead of her, Hung said that her road ahead would be different, alluding to the fact that new tactics (new media) in raising support would be necessary due to the exorbitant cost of advertisements on traditional media. She suggested a division of labor that would allocate more traditional canvassing, includ- ing mobilizing local organizations, could be allocated to party central.
Party officials indicate that members of Hung’s campaign staff will begin setting up operations at KMT headquarters in downtown Taipei on June 22. She is expected to work with the party’s think tank to hammer out a comprehensive framework on policies for national defense, diplomatic affairs, education and cross-strait relations before they are presented in detail to the public.