Hung ‘may’ set out on cam­paign trail this week

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Hung Hsiu- chu, who is set to be nom­i­nated as the rul­ing Kuom­intang (KMT) pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, will kick off an “un­con­ven­tional” cam­paign trail this week at the ear­li­est, tak­ing her around the na­tion to un­der­stand lo­cal needs, her spokesman said yesterday.

The cam­paign trail will take Hung to places where other can­di­dates will usu­ally not visit, spokesman Yu Tzu-hsiang said.

Yu did not pro­vide much de­tail about the itin­er­ary, but said Hung might visit or­phan­ages to un­der­stand the needs of un­der­priv­i­leged peo­ple.

“We are de­lib­er­ately not tak­ing tra­di­tional routes,” said Yu.

Hung had a meet­ing with KMT Sec­re­tary- Gen­eral Lee Shi­hchuan and other party of­fi­cials on Fri­day, dis­cussing mat­ters con­cern­ing her cam­paign, said Yu. Lee will be Hung’s cam­paign man­ager.

Those mat­ters in­cluded the struc­ture of her cam­paign of­fice, as­sis­tance from the party and vis­its around the na­tion, Yu said.

Pend­ing Endorsement

Hung’s nom­i­na­tion will still have to be en­dorsed by a KMT congress to be held on July 19.

But Lee said the endorsement is only a for­mal­ity and Hung does not have to wait for the con­fir­ma­tion be­fore start­ing her cam­paign­ing, ac­cord­ing to Yu.

Apart from un­der­stand­ing lo­cal needs dur­ing her vis­its, Hung will also ex­plain her poli­cies the spokesman said, adding the opin­ions gath­ered dur­ing the cam­paign trail will be rep­re­sented in a pol­icy white pa­per that the can­di­date will un­veil ahead of the elec­tion.

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