Presidents Help Keelung Mayoral Candidates Campaign 基隆戰況太膠著 馬英九.蔡英文投入戰局

P. Hsu
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Both the KMT and DPP are playing the "presidential card" in the Keelung mayor election. KMT candidate Hsieh Kuo-liang and former President Ma Ying-jeou campaigned together.  Meanwhile, President Tsai Ing-wen campaigned with DPP candidate Tsai Shih-ying for two consecutive days. 

Hsieh Kuo-liang, KMT Keelung Mayoral Candidate: “We will surely win tomorrow.”

The election has entered the final sprint. KMT Keelung mayoral candidate Hsieh Kuo-liang and former President Ma Ying-jeou joined together, shouting "victory is within reach." They also campaigned together greeting voters on the streets. DPP Keelung mayoral candidate Tsai Shih-ying once again campaigned with Keelung mayor Lin Yu-chang on the morning of the 25th. Regarding Hsieh's comment that his opponent should not play weird tricks at the end of the campaign, Tsai responded by saying it is very inexplicable that Hsieh doesn't others to smear him when Hsieh himself has already smeared others.

Tsai Shih-ying, Keelung Mayoral Candidate (DPP): “My opponent has been doing a lot of smearing and he continues to smear. Then after his smearing is over, he tells us not to smear. I'm really baffled. Everyone knows. During this past period, many KMT candidates have had problems.”

Hsieh emphasized that he did not specifically refer to any political party or candidate. He also said that every candidate has an obligation to uphold democracy.

Hsieh Kuo-liang, Keelung Mayoral Candidate (KMT): “I wasn't targeting any specific candidate or political party. But I think every candidate has an obligation to Keelung and Taiwan to uphold democracy and make it more stable.”

The KMT is not the only one playing the presidential card. The DPP also sends former Vice President Chen Chien-jen and then President Tsai Ing-wen to Keelung to help build momentum. Both the KMT and DPP have raised this contest to the "presidential level," making the Keelung election more intense. Candidates must collect the most votes in the final hours of the campaign. Who will win in Keelung? The result will be announced on the 26th.