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KMT considers Taipei meetings to boost campaigns

INTERCITY PAIRING?The KMT’s Sean Lien called for a collaboration with New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu in which they present their platforms together

By Shih Hsiao-kung  /  Staff reporter

With the The Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) main candidates on the Nov. 29 elections trailing in opinion polls, the party might suspend routine presentations on government policies by ministers during its weekly Central Standing Committee meetings, and replace them with presentations of campaign platforms by the party’s nominees, party sources said.

A source said that Greater Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強) would make the first presentation, and the party plans to invite the media to report on the event.

After 13 years as Taichung mayor, Hu is preparing for another four years in office.

Surveys conducted by Chinese-language media outlets have shown Hu lagging behind the Democratic Progressive Party contender, Legislator Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍).

Party sources said that in the past, the KMT held Central Standing Committee meetings at different locations nationwide to help candidates, but the party leadership found that the practice had limited effect and so decided to have candidates attend meetings in Taipei.

Meanwhile, KMT Taipei mayoral candidate Sean Lien (連勝文) has called for a collaboration between him and New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫), who is also running for re-election, KMT headquarters will arrange for an event in which Chu and Lien will jointly present their campaign platforms for cooperation between the two cities, sources said.

The two camps are now in talks about the idea, sources said, adding that the intercity campaign model could applied to other areas if needed.

Taking one character each from Lien and Chu’s Chinese names, the KMT calls the Lien-Chu collaboration as “Sheng-li cooperation” (勝立連線 “cooperation for victory”), as “sheng li” sounds like “victory” in Chinese.”

There have been rumors that the KMT will begin a combined campaign for Taipei and New Taipei City on Wednesday, but KMT spokesman Chen Yi-hsin (陳以信) yesterday denied the reports, saying the joint campaign is still under discussion.

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