By: Chang Min-hsuan and Lilian Wu
Taipei, Jan. 2 (CNA) The second and final presidential debate ahead of
Taiwan’s presidential election on Jan. 16 was not as good as the first one and shed no new light on the three presidential candidates’ platforms, scholars said Saturday.
Liao Ta-chi (廖達琪) of National Sun Yat-sen University said that only the issue of vote-buying raised by Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) intrigued her.
She felt that Eric Chu (朱立倫), the presidential candidate of the ruling Kuomintang, answered skillfully by saying that one should not be judged before a legal ruling has been handed down.
But the issues of imports of U.S, pork as well as the KMT party assets have been raised again and again and offered nothing new, Liao said.
On the overall message of the three candidates, Chu highlighted his financial background, Tsai was well-rounded, and James Soong (宋楚瑜) of the People First Party did not take sides, according to Liao. [FULL STORY]