Mon, Oct 15, 2007 - Page 3 News List

Su downplays Lee Teng-hui's `pants down' comments

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vice presidential candidate Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday downplayed former president Lee Teng-hui's (李登輝) comments that the DPP could suffer serious losses in January's legislative elections.

Thanking Lee for his remarks, Su said Lee was a seasoned politician with great prestige and that the party would determine whether there are things it should improve.

"Lee has the DPP's best interests at heart and we must take his warning seriously so that this does not actually happen," Su said.

Lee said on Saturday that in a DPP and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) face-off in the legislative elections, the DPP could lose so much it would have to "pull its pants down."

Such a scenario would put the very existence of a government made up of native-born Taiwanese at stake, Lee said.

Referring to the new "one district, two votes" electoral system, Lee called on Taiwanese to cast their second ballot in favor of the political parties that are upholding the pro-localization drive.

Only the combined power of the DPP and the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) can maintain the political status of native-born Taiwanese, he said.

Echoing Lee's comments, TSU Chairman Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) said in Yunlin County yesterday that the pan-green camp must unite to ensure victory in the legislative and presidential elections.

"The two upcoming elections are battles to safeguard the political establishment of native-born Taiwanese," he said.

"The DPP and the TSU must work together to win the legislative elections and secure a victory by DPP presidential candidate Frank Hsieh (謝長廷)," he said.

With Hsieh and his KMT opponent Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) at loggerheads over campaign issues, Huang said yesterday that debate over issues of national identification would come naturally if the economy were handled properly.

Hsieh has invited Ma to debate the UN membership bid, while Ma has said Hsieh should discuss the economy instead.

Huang yesterday urged Taiwanese to vote for the TSU to allow it to continue playing a balancing role between the DPP and the KMT.

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