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DPP presidential candidate challenges Kuomintang foe to debates

DPP presidential candidate challenges Kuomintang foe to debates

Ruling Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Frank Hsieh Tuesday challenged his opposition Kuomintang counterpart Ma Ying-jeou to debates on major policy issues so the public can better decide who to elect as president on March 22.
Hsieh said in an invitation that he and Ma should quit trading barbs and hold a debate every two weeks or every month on cross-strait, agriculture, employment and other policy issues.
This is the second time Hsieh challenged Ma to debates after making a similar attempt in October over the UN referendum but to no avail.
Yeh Chu-lan, manager of the Hsieh campaign, noted Ma has failed to make known his stances on major public policies but spent most of his energy on negative campaign.“Please quit this ongoing war of words but spell out your views on issues critical to the people and their welfare,”Yeh challenged Ma.
Lee Ying-yuan, deputy manager of the Hsieh campaign, echoed the theme, noting that Ma had adopted an evasive strategy in dealing with the previous debate invitation. As a potential leader of the nation, Lee said, Ma could not reiterate“thank you”and“no comment”when asked about his vision for the country.
Lee later delivered the invitation to the Ma campaign where Ma's aides gave mixed reactions to the debate proposal.
Chan Chun-po, manager of the Ma campaign, said he will forward the invitation to Ma and believed he will make a positive response later.
Lo Chih-chang, spokesman of the Ma campaign, said Hsieh should send the invitation to President Chen Shui-bian as Chen has sought to divide the nation with provocative rhetoric in an attempt to boost DPP legislative candidates.
Still, Chan and Lo related that some media organizations are helping arrange the dates and venues of the presidential debates.


Updated : 2021-02-26 10:00 GMT+08:00