Hung says US trip can be made by proxy
Deputy Legislative Speaker and likely Kuomintang (KMT) 2016 presidential candidate said yesterday that discussions and decisions regarding a possible U.S. visit on her part was being conducted by her aides. Hung, who made the comments to the press after visiting the KMT Taipei City Council caucus. The KMT contender, considered a black horse candidate by analysts, previously ruled out a visit to the U.S. due to time constraints having entered the presidential race at a later stage than her rival, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen.
Responding to questions by the press, Hung reiterated that she views the U.S. as an important ally, and that while she was entering the presidential race at a relatively late stage, it has not prevented her from considering plans to make a visit there. She added that her aides were in discussion regarding what would be the most appropriate format for a visit, but that “it does not necessarily have to include my presence.”
Elaborating on her intentions to campaign in Southern Taiwan, Hung said that she would not necessarily model incumbent president Ma Ying-jeou’s style of using “long stays,” involving personal, more relaxed visits to residents away from traditional urban areas. She mentioned that because of potential difference in gender in potential visits, Hung did not want to “cause inconvenience” to others while visiting their residences.
In her remarks to the KMT caucus on Taipei City Council, Hung related that her bid to represent the party as its presidential candidate had been a steep climb, full of troubles and solitude at times, but also presented her the challenges and tests that a politician needed to face.
Hung, who filed three separate lawsuits against political pundit Clara Chou, author Windson and the tabloid Next Magazine, also stated that while it was fine to vet an election candidate, it was unjust to smear another’s reputation. The deputy speaker said that all of her proposed policies have the political position of “defending national sovereignty, helping the country find the correct path ahead and assisting young people in finding hope.”
Several city councilors spoke in favor of Hung’s candidacy, arguing that she was the only person who could unify a fractured KMT. Councilwoman Wu Bi-chu encouraged her colleagues to set up campaign stations at local representative offices, encouraging city residents to make small political donations on behalf of Hung.