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Ko Wen-je pans blue spending in Taipei mayor’s race
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-06-30 02:29 PM
Ko Wen-je’s offhand remark a couple of days ago that the KMT campaign behind Sean Lien for mayor of Taipei City could end up spending NT$20 billion and still not win the election, has drawn a sharp denial from the Lien camp. Ko said Sunday that the NT$20 billion figure was just a joke and no one should take it seriously. He added that spending on his own campaign should total less than NT$80 million.

Asked his opinion of the visit of China's Taiwan Affairs Office Director Zhang Zhijun, which was shortened by almost a day after protests began to turn violent, Ko repeated an earlier claim that the people of Taiwan were demonstrating not so much against Zhang as they were protesting the Ma government’s failure to maintain open, transparent communications. Ko noted that he advocates keeping government open to public participation as much as possible to avoid controversies like the ones that have plagued the Ma administration recently.

Ko spoke Sunday at a meeting of the Chiao-da Cultural Foundation on "The power of White.” He threw out the NT$20 billion figure just to show how his opponent was preparing to throw money around, giving the Blue camp an inherent advantage in the campaign. He later toned down his remarks, saying that it was uttered in jest and should not be taken seriously.

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