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

Light­ning Rod?

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.

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