Wed, Jan 22, 2003 - Page 2 News List

Soong tries to allay fears over PFP's collaboration with KMT


PFP Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) said yesterday that KMT-PFP cooperation in the 2004 presidential election would not mean a return to the old ways of the KMT.

"KMT-PFP cooperation must not leave people with any doubts or anxiety about the possible restoration of the old order and thus make them hesitate to vote [for us]," Soong said.

Last month, Soong and KMT Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) announced they would field a joint ticket for the 2004 election.

Lien also declared last month that "black gold" politics were no longer a problem for the KMT.

To allay the public's doubts, Soong said that the key point of cooperation was not about who would head the 2004 ticket but how to create policies to promise a better life for the people.

"[Cooperation] must give people the confidence, not just in the ticket we will field but also in the policies that we will propose, that they can really solve the nation's problems and better people's lives," Soong said.

He made the remarks to a delegation from the US National Committee on American Foreign Policy, which visited the party's headquarters yesterday.

He told the visitors that KMT-PFP cooperation will uphold people's best interests and solve the nation's problems.

"Taiwan is ill and needs to be treated," Soong said. "KMT-PFP cooperation can solve Taiwan's problems by drawing up substantial measures to really meet the people's needs."

The US delegation also visited the KMT's headquarters yesterday, during which Lien said that his party had developed a comprehensive plan to cooperate with the PFP in the 2004 election.

Soong said that he had yet to see the plan but that he "would not underestimate the KMT's sincerity in its cooperation with the PFP."

KMT Secretary-General Lin Fong-cheng (林豐正) also said yesterday that the party would seek the PFP's cooperation to support Lien as the presidential candidate and Soong as his running mate.

Lin made the comment at a symposium organized by the Youth Department of the KMT Organizational Development Committee.

Lin said that the Central Committee's priority consideration is a Lien-Soong ticket, not a Lien-Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) ticket.

Lin claimed that KMT-PFP cooperation is "not only the common expectation of the two parties, but also the expectation of the public."

He said that if the PFP and the public agree with the KMT's idea and the final selection of the candidates is made in March, the convening of a party congress to approve the nomination could be moved up from August to April.

Lin also said that the party's presidential candidate should be elected through primaries, unless there is only one candidate running.

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