Su Tseng-chang blasted in 2nd DPP debate
The China Post news staff
May 7, 2012, 12:15 am TWN
The China Post news staff--Hsu Hsin-liang (許信良) and Trong Chai (蔡同榮), two of the five candidates in the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairmanship election, yesterday questioned the leadership ability of fellow candidate Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) during the hopefuls' second televised debate in Taichung.
Compared to their first debate, the second was more fiery, with Hsu and Chai wasting no time blasting Su, ripping into their opponent in their opening statements.
Chai reprimanded Su for insisting on running for Taipei mayor during the 2010 special municipality elections, a move that forced then-DPP chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen to run in New Taipei City against the Kuomintang's Eric Chu. Both Su and Tsai eventually lost.
"Su's decision had a great impact on the outcomes of the municipality elections and even the presidential election this year," Chai said, referring to the Jan. 14 poll in which Tsai lost to incumbent President Ma Ying-jeou.
"It's clearly written in the DPP's party charter that anyone running for public office without being nominated by the party should be expelled," he said.
Hsu, meanwhile, said Su had never proposed a China policy that was meaty and meaningful.
"Su had said that the DPP would not rule out conducting exchanges with China if it did not set any preconditions. This is just empty talk," Hsu said.
He also accused Su of being unknowledgeable of the U.S.'s cross-strait positions.
"Su has said that the U.S.'s cross-strait policy had been changing constantly. This indicates his lack of knowledge in this area," Hsu said. "I've suggested that he go to the United States to study and visit U.S. experts on cross-strait relations, yet he had not done so."
"Maybe he refused to acknowledge the importance of China-Taiwan ties to formulate a viable cross-strait policy, or maybe he was too afraid that his policy would meet strong resistance in the party. Either way he hasn't shown he has the ability to lead the party," Hsu said.
He also criticized Su for not making an official stance on whether to pardon former President Chen Shui-bian. "Maybe he hasn't made his position clear because he doesn't understand the Constitution," Hsu charged.
Su did not make any direct rebuttals, only saying that the "DPP 3.0" should be more tolerant and more responsive to people's needs.
Also during the debate, Wu Jung-yi (吳榮義), a fourth candidate, threw his resounding support behind former party leader Tsai, saying that she would still be the most ideal presidential candidate in the 2016 election. Finally, Su Huan-chih (蘇煥智), the fifth candidate, said he supports taxing capital gains made on the stock market, but said the proceeds should be used to help the poor.