TAIPEI (The China Post) – Former New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) gave an exclusive interview to NOWnews.com, one of Taiwan’s leading online media, on April 30, during which he talked about what makes him a better candidate than Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) and Hon Hai Chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘).
Chu said he’s very impressed with Han and believes that the party should work hard to protect him. “Han knows what locals want. He is a very important asset to the Kuomintang (KMT).” On the other hand, Chu appreciates Gou’s courage and determination to enter politics as a businessman. He also criticized President Tsai for her “poor performance.”
Talking about his experience as a politician, Chu said he’s very grateful to Taiwan for providing so many opportunities to serve 6 million people over the past 20 years. “I became a legislator when I was 37, and then county magistrate when I was 40. I also served as vice premier and New Taipei Mayor for eight years,” Chu said.
Asked about his low support rate compared to Han and Gou, Chu said that he chose to focus more on the benefits of the party since public opinion is always changing.
Regarding his poor performance in the polls, Chu remarked that “Han Kuo-yu, Terry Gou, and Ko Wen-je have more online supporters. However, President Tsai, former premier William Lai, Wang Jin-pyng and I are traditional political figures who have been in the system for a long time.” He added: “Compared to the other four candidates, I have a higher support rate. From now on, I’ll try harder to build my online voice and prove myself to young people that I am a trustworthy leader.”