Hung gets past key Kuomintang hurdle

By Yuan-Ming Chiao ,The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Kuomintang’s (KMT) Central Standing Committee (CSC) used one second of applause to ��approve for reference�� (�ֳ�) Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu’s (�x�q�W) opinion poll results released last Saturday that showed she had easily passed the party’s 30 percent minimum approval rating. Her candidacy for the 14th term of the president of the R.O.C. is expected to receive formal approval by a nationwide KMT party congress to be held on July 19. Eric Chu (���߭�), the party’s chairman, said yesterday that while others had criticized the KMT primary as ��raucous,�� he preferred the description ��boisterous�� �X citing that the party had moved step by step according to its regulations, signaling that the KMT is a democratic political party that allows differing opinions to be expressed but adheres to its institutional framework in the end.

Chu reiterated that the party would get behind Hung’s election campaign by supporting her electoral team and also on the policy front with the mobilization of the party’s think tank, the National Policy Foundation (NPF, ���a�F�����s�����|). According to local reports, CSC members petitioned the KMT’s local headquarters and the NPF to meet with Hung and key party members to iron out a winning electoral strategy for next year’s election.

Hung 41%, Tsai 38%: TVBS poll Meanwhile, according to an opinion poll released by the local media group TVBS yesterday, Hung leads Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (���^��) by 3 percentage points. For Hung, it represented a climb of 10 percent from another poll conducted two weeks ago. Twenty percent of those polled remained undecided, while another 2 percent favored independent candidate Shih Ming-teh (�I���w). The poll indicated that Hung has the highest support among all other possible KMT contenders, including Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (������), who polled 35 to 36 percent against Tsai, and Chu who trailed Tsai by 7 percent (35 to 42).

In other polling data, younger voters (aged 20-39) as well as residents in Southern Taiwan (including Yunlin, Chiayi and Tainan) preferred Tsai over Hung, while Hung received greater support than Tsai from voters in Northern Taiwan and those 40 and over.

Hung Hammers Out Meet with Wang, Mum on Details Hung confirmed yesterday to reporters that she would soon meet with Legislative Speaker Wang, though she was vague on the time and location other than it could take place during the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival.

While addressing rumors that Wang was not particularly interested in meeting her, or that netizens had said that voting for her would be synonymous with voting for current president Ma Ying-jeou, Hung stated that she was prepared for the expected rumors and smear campaigns entailed in an election. ��If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen,�� she added.