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DPP compares Soong to typhoon

No plans to meet Hung: Soong

DPP compares Soong to typhoon

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A Democratic Progressive Party legislator compared People First Party Chairman James Soong’s expected presidential bid to a typhoon Tuesday, saying the party would issue a “land warning” if he announced a run.
Legislative Vice Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu was officially nominated as a presidential candidate at last Sunday’s Kuomintang congress, while DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen has been leading most opinion polls for months.
However, because of Hung’s sometimes lackluster performance in those surveys, many traditional KMT supporters are said to look forward to Soong coming out and running in the January 16 election as well. The PFP leader himself has repeatedly said he would wait until after the KMT congress before announcing whether or not he would run.
When he first ran as an independent in 2000, he finished a close second to the DPP’s Chen Shui-bian, but he was also blamed by many KMT supporters for splitting their vote and allowing the opposition to win.
Recent polls show Tsai with a virtually insurmountable lead of 10 to 20 percent, while Soong often finishes second ahead of Hung.
DPP lawmaker Huang Wei-jer said that his party had already issued a “sea warning” against any “typhoon” which might be created by a Soong presidential bid, and if he actually came out and announced he was running for president again, that “sea warning” would be upgraded to a “land warning.”
Top PFP officials reportedly met Tuesday to discuss election issues, with early August mentioned by some as the most likely date for Soong to announce his decision.
He told reporters he had not reached a decision yet, but also had not made any plans to meet Hung for the time being.
Meanwhile, the DPP said it had been preparing for such an eventuality for months, and that even if Soong ran, he would soon come under attack from the main opposition party’s campaign.


Updated : 2021-09-22 20:21 GMT+08:00