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Ma turns national bird into logo for campaign

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) released his presidential campaign logo yesterday -- a Taiwan blue magpie with two Taiwan-shaped wings -- which will also serve as the logo for his 18-day central Taiwan tour that begins tomorrow.

The Taiwan blue magpie is Taiwan's national bird

"As we plan to visit all the cities and counties around Taiwan, I think you will see the logo, the bird, on various occasions," Ma told reporters at the Taipei Mayor's Salon, the former mayoral residence turned art gallery.

The first stop on Ma's "long stay" itinerary will be in Taichung City, where he will stay in low-cost hotels or residents' homes to experience their daily lives. He will next visit Changhua and Nantou counties to experience "a day in the life of" farmers and fishermen.

"We can't draw up national policies in some air-conditioned room in Taipei. I want to experience the people's happiness and pain, and present policies that meet their expectations," Ma said.

Describing his trip as a "learning tour," Ma rebuffed criticism from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) that it was a "campaign show."

"Every move will be interpreted as a campaign tactic during elections ? I believe that people will recognize my sincerity," he said.

Ma spokesperson Chiu Shu-ti (邱淑緹) said more long stays would be planned so Ma could visit each city and county to gain a better understanding of each area's issues, instead of making judgments from a "Taipei perspective."

Ma's camp also announced the bank account supporters can send political donations to as it urged people to contribute.

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