Taipei Times: 2020 Elections: Candidates clash in presidential debate

Han, the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) candidate, drew to speak first.

He asked Tsai and Soong whether they are religious and whether they think he would go to hell if he performed poorly as president and allowed corruption in his administration.

Due to his belief in the existence of gods, “I would never dare do anything bad, including hugging women and drinking alcohol, which some have accused me of doing,” he said.

Soong said he believes in the existence of gods and that politics is about taking care of the people.

Good policies would be remembered because members of the public are fair and good, he said.

Tsai said that every Taiwanese has respect for gods irrespective of their religious belief, but there are other qualities that also matter in a president.

Based on Han’s previous remarks, including many discriminatory comments about women and immigrants, if he is elected president, “the KMT would be expected to return with authoritarianism, feudalism and reactionarism,” she said.

Tsai then asked Han about signing a statement titled “colorless awakening” initiated by Want Want China Times last year, which pledged to take steps to discuss cross-strait unification.

“I agree with [the pledge] in the sense that they can express their opinions, just like how you agree with Taiwanese independence advocates and are not cracking down on them,” Han said.

Soong said that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait are separately governed using different approaches, with the Taiwanese side following Sun Yat-sen’s (孫逸仙) “three principles of the people,” freedom and democracy.

If the “status quo” is to be changed, it must be a collective decision made by Taiwanese in a democratic manner, he said.

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