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KMT campaign searches for fountain of youth

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

Hundreds of young people assemble outside the Taipei City Council yesterday morning to join in a motor scooter campaign for the KMT. The party's Taipei chapter also launched the KMT Youth Corps yesterday.

PHOTO: CHIANG YING-YING, TAIPEI TIMES

The KMT's election campaign heated up yesterday as the party's Taipei chapter launched the "KMT Youth Corps," with the aim of promoting its candidates for the December elections.

Addressing the 600 young people perched on motor scooters outside the Taipei City Council yesterday morning, KMT Vice Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung (吳伯雄) said that young people are playing an important role in the reform of the KMT.

"They're valuable assets and the driving force behind the party's reform and resurrection," he said.

Members of the youth corps will campaign on their scooters for the party.

Wu added that Taiwanese people had come to understand over the past year and a half since the DPP came to power that Taiwan cannot move forward without the KMT.

"Only the new KMT can lead the nation out of the current economic and social hardship," he said.

Wu also called on the public to support the KMT's legislative candidates.

"None of the KMT candidates nominated for the year-end legislative elections has any connection with black gold politics and they therefore deserve the people's trust," he said.

The party has nominated a total of eight candidates to run in Taipei City constituencies.

The four candidates nominated for the city's northern constituency are deputy chief of the party's cultural affairs department, Tsai Cheng-yuan (蔡正元); Taipei City Councilwoman Chen Hsueh-fen (陳雪芬); and incumbent lawmakers Ting Shou-chung (丁守中) and Mu Ming-chu (穆敏珠).

The other four, nominated for the southern constituency, are incumbent lawmakers Apollo Chen (陳學聖), Chen Horng-chi (陳鴻基) and Tina Pan (潘維剛); and John Chang (章孝嚴), a former KMT secretary-general and foreign minister.

After some candidates delivered pep talks, the eight candidates were presented with a giant mock check, symbolizing their campaign promises and encouraging them to be focused, professional and disciplined in the election campaign.

Wu also presented flags to the 12 team captains leading the scooter riders, symbolizing the beginning of the party's campaign activities.

The teams, which are comprised of both KMT members and non-members, were recruited from the Taipei chapter of the KMT Youth Commission.

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