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2012 ELECTIONS: Presidential candidates cross swords

HEAD TO HEAD:The following is a transcription of the third part of yesterday’s televised presidential debate, in which each candidate posed two questions to each opponent

Transcribed by Loa Iok-sin, Lee I-chia and Jake Chung  /  Staff Reporters

Tsai: President Ma, I really expect and hope that the question you just brought up was prepared by your staff and not yourself. Indeed, all the things you said, doesn’t it sound just like a spat? Actually, what Chairman Soong said is correct, we have to return to the problem’s substantial side and its policy side and how we should deal with it. The leader of a nation has to consider whether there is a problem of policy and if institutional changes are necessary. If people violate the law, is it because there is a problem with the institution, or because the people deliberately violated it? These are what a leader should consider. The leader would not sensationalize a single case, or use it to smear his or her opponent, especially when the opponent is a party not in office. So the most important responsibility of the party in office is to review its policies, its measures, and if anything is neglected when you are looking into something. So you said I am inconsistent, you said I say one thing but do another, and you have said many things about me in the past. Granted, they weren’t called smears, but then I ask Chairman Ma, if we can improve our policies and thoughts in a positive way, this should be counted as progress, right? It shouldn’t be called inconsistent or discordant. If it is inconsistent, Chairman Ma, why were you against direct presidential elections by the people in the 1990s when you benefited the most from direct elections in 2008. So I think this is a problem of how you view it as a leader, not the attitude of your propaganda team. Some of the nominees in the DPP’s legislators-at-large nomination list have not received a verdict in criminal cases. The case is still in court, so you can’t just say they are criminals. I cannot agree on this.

Tsai: President Ma has been in power for nearly four years. Although he has been unable to meet his 6-3-3 policies, the key point is that his economic policies have completely overlooked the basic goal of consolidating the national economic base. Total government debt has reached NT$1.3 trillion — a record high — while the government’s focus on the Chinese market and cross-strait cooperation has caused Taiwanese investors to rush into China. A lot of professional talent has also been poached by Chinese companies. Half of our economic growth has also been appropriated by overseas production orders.

At present we are also seeing a lot of people without jobs and the unemployment rate, despite being massaged by massive short-term hiring, is still at a high of 4.3 percent. Average pay has fallen to levels last seen 13 years ago. Trying to boost the economy without consolidating the national economic base is not going to stop the economy bleeding talent and money, and growing weaker by the day. Without the consolidation of the national economic base, the nation will not be at peace.

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