Soong blasted the adminstration of Mayor Hau of Taipei last week, then stuck his wily hand in the election in Kaohsiung by pledging his support to Yang Chiu-hsing, the DPP defector now running an independent campaign.
[The KMT's] Su’s remarks came in response to reporters’ questions about the possibility of a “dump-save” effect after Soong pledged his support for Yang on Sunday.The article had a nice picture of former President Lee Teng-hui on the platform with Chen Chu calling for DPP votes. Thanks, LTH.
The “dump-save” effect refers to strategic voting in which a party with little chance of winning leans toward one of the major parties during a campaign.
The entry of former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) member Yang has turned the race into a three-way contest with Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) of the DPP and KMT Legislator Huang Chao-shun (黃昭順).
Su said Huang was the best choice because a change of government was the only way for residents in the region that will become Greater Kaohsiung to change the status quo.
If the KMT’s policies were correct, Su said he was confident the party would obtain the support of the majority of voters in the south.
Meanwhile, PFP-turned-KMT Legislator Lo Shu-lei (羅淑蕾) said Soong’s support for Yang would “more or less” affect Huang’s electoral chances.
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- Weirdly, this AP interview with Ma Ying-jeou states that in the mid-1990s Taiwan and China "nearly came to blows." Here on the real Earth, Taiwan held an election and China launched missiles into nearby waters. That doesn't look like Taiwan coming to blows with anyone, and does look like violence moving in one direction, from Beijing towards Taiwan. Anyone have greater insight than I? Was there some near-war I missed?
- At the same time, kudos to AP for this article on Taiwan's business community: "Since Ma took office in May 2008, Taiwan's economic connection to the mainland -- already robust even under the pro-independence regime of his predecessor -- has moved into high gear..." It's so rare for someone in the international media to actually notice the massive trade between Taiwan and China under the Chen Administration. Thanks Peter.
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