The three vice presidential candidates last night took part in a televised presentation of their campaign platforms and vision, at an event organized by the Central Election Commission.
Each candidate was given 30 minutes to present their statements, going in order according to a pre-show draw.
Former Academia Sinica vice president Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁), running mate of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), was the first to speak.
He talked about food safety and accused the government of being incompetent in managing crises.
If Tsai wins the election, her administration would work to restore Taiwan’s reputation as a food paradise, he said.
He also pledged that the DPP would assist the biomedical industry through policies and law revisions.
Republican Party Chairperson Hsu Hsin-ying (徐欣瑩), the running mate of People First Party (PFP) presidential candidate James Soong (宋楚瑜), started off her presentation by stressing that she was the youngest of the three candidates and therefore comes with “less baggage.”
She said it was time the pan-blue and the pan-green camps stopped their political feuding.
“Stop wrangling, stop wrangling, stop wrangling,” she said. “It is important so I have to repeat it three times.”
She pledged that if she and Soong were elected, she would promote public participation in the judicial process and abolish the Special Investigation Division of the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office. She also proposed upgrading the National Police Agency to ministry level to enhance its ability to crack down on drugs and uphold public security.
Jennifer Wang (王如玄), Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Eric Chu’s (朱立倫) running mate, discussed Chu’s proposal to boost the economy by raising the national minimum wage from NT$20,008 to NT$22,200 in his first year in office and to NT$30,000 in four years’ time.
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