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2012 ELECTIONS: Candidates outline visions for Taiwan

IN THE SPOTLIGHT:With the whole nation watching, the three presidential candidates put forth their respective plans, hopes and fears for the country’s future

By Chris Wang, Mo Yan-chih and Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff Reporters

Over the past three years and five months, the KMT created 2.5 times as many job opportunities than the DPP achieved in the same period and the number of people who became unemployed was one-third of when the DPP was in power, he said.

Tsai said that considering that a large part of the job opportunities created by Ma were short-term jobs, the unemployment rate was much higher than 4.3 percent and the rate for young people without jobs was much higher.

Tsai proposed developing local industries so that economic development would create jobs in Taiwan rather than in China, to build rent-only social housing and to provide state-run high-quality childcare centers to help reduce the burden on young people.

Soong agreed with Tsai on the social housing proposal, but added that the ability to carry out the policy was more important.

“Indeed, I had a good father. He left me no property, but a very good reputation and three important lessons and I would like to pass them on to young people here. They are: Be impartial, be responsible and be industrious,” he said.

Yesterday’s debate was the first of two televised presidential debates jointly organized by the five media outlets.

The second presidential debate, scheduled to take place from 2pm to 4:30pm on Dec. 17, will be moderated by representatives of non-governmental organizations.

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