Mon, Nov 14, 2011 - Page 3 News List

REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK: Election polls indicate Ma lead starting to fall

Tsai’s latest “three little pigs” campaign, which stirred passions among pan-green supporters to make donations to the party, also raised concerns in the pan-blue camp.

Despite challenging the DPP over its use of children to promote the piggy bank donation activity, Ma’s camp started giving out “Taiwan talismans” to supporters to counter the DPP’s piggy bank donation strategy.

Deputy executive director of Ma’s campaign Lo Chih-chiang (羅智強) said the campaign office would distribute 100,000 talismans to supporters during campaign activities, and that the red talisman represented the president’s efforts to bring peace and prosperity to the people.

“The idea is to give blessings to the people and the talisman also serves as a reminder that the government must protect the people,” he said.

KMT spokesperson Lai Su-ju (賴素如) said the party took poll results as a serious warning sign for the presidential election. She also acknowledged that recent controversial policies and Cabinet performances had undermined support for Ma to some extent and said the KMT would have to obtain a large share of undecided voters in order win the election.

“We are facing a tough battle in the elections, and we cannot afford to make any mistakes. The president will make frequent trips to cities and counties and do more to better explain government policies to the people,” she said.

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