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KMT agrees to DPP’s debate format

DIFFERENT STYLES:One of the presidential debates is to allow questions posted by media representatives, while the other is to take questions from different civic groups

By Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter

The one that initially received more consensus among representatives of the three parties would see two presidential debates held on Dec. 21 and Jan. 2, as well as one vice presidential debate on Dec. 26, Hsu said.

“The DPP submitted another proposal during the negotiations, which is the one agreed upon by all parties today [yesterday],” Hsu said, adding that the proposal was dismissed on the spot by KMT representatives.

The People First Party (PFP) said either proposal was fine.

However, about 40 minutes after the 8pm confirmation deadline on Thursday, the DPP announced it would stick with its proposal, saying presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) had already had two campaign events scheduled for Dec. 21.

The KMT later agreed to the DPP’s dates for the presidential debates on Dec. 27 and Jan. 2, but suggested that it pick another day between Dec. 27 and Jan. 2 for a vice presidential debate.

The suggestion prompted criticism from DPP spokesperson Ruan Jhao-syong (阮昭雄) yesterday morning, who lambasted the KMT for throwing away their consensus to hold a vice presidential debate on Dec. 26, and accused the KMT of purposely delaying the debates.

Asked to comment on the long-awaited consensus, PFP presidential candidate James Soong (宋楚瑜) said that he has long been ready for presidential debates and that it was Tsai and Chu who had been procrastinating.

“The scheduled debates are a demonstration of Taiwan’s democracy, which allow the three presidential candidates to stand in front of voters and present their plans and policies for the nation’s future,” Soong said.

Soong said he hoped that the debates would give each candidate ample time to explain their policies, rather than being conducted in a manner similar to a television quiz show.

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