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Presidential debate too 'limited,' scholars say

Local scholars yesterday expressed their disappointment over Sunday's presidential election debate, saying the replies provided by both candidates were too short to give voters a full account of their election platforms.
Ku Chung-hwa (顧忠華), professor of Department of Sociology, National Chengchi University (國立政治大學), said this is the first time a presidential election debate included a section of questions provided by the general public (known as Inquiries from Citizens), however, Ku said, the topics raised in the questions were too broad and the reply time was too short.
"There are so many questions to be answered within very limited time, and the two candidates could not really elaborate enough on their election platforms," said Ku.
Wang Tai-li, assistant professor of Department of Journalism, National Chengchi University, said the debate could be seen at best as a creative oral representation of the two candidates. The debate seemed to revolve around the twenty inquiring citizens instead of the two presidential candidates, Wang said.
Chan Chang-chuan (詹長權), president of the scholar group Taipei Society (澄社), said the debate was not a real debate per se, as the two participants did not really argue on a specific topic nor did they elaborate on their policies.