Anchor: Major presidential candidates were scattered around the country on Tuesday, the second day in the official campaign trail, as they vied to expand their support bases in different regions.
Our Moon Gwang-lip has a wrap up of the stumping.
Report: Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party(DP) was in Jeju on Tuesday where he pledged to revise the special law concerning the island, promising more autonomy.
On the second day of his official campaign, he also announced a pledge for senior citizens across the country, promising to raise the amount of monthly basic pension for those aged 65 or older to 300-thousand won, or around 260 U.S. dollars.
He then flew to Jeonju in North Jeolla Province and downward to Gwangju to meet with citizens in the home turfs of the progressive party.
Conservative candidate Hong Joon-pyo from the former ruling Liberty Korea Party(LKP) stayed in the Gyeongsang area for a second consecutive day to drum up support in the conservative stronghold.
Hong slammed his rival candidates, including front runner Moon, saying electing the Democratic Party candidate is equivalent to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un becoming the South Korean president in the national security point of view.
Hong also zeroed in on another candidate from Busan, Ahn Cheol-soo, saying Ahn is only a puppet for the party’s chairman Park Jie-won.
Ahn Cheol-soo of the People’s Party started his campaign on Tuesday in South Chungcheong Province, seeking to absorb supporters of the province’s Governor Ahn Hee-jung, a former in-house rival of Moon.
Ahn claimed that he is better than Moon in realizing Ahn Hee-jung’s pledges on decentralization of power and national unity, criticizing Moon for plunging the country into a chaos due to conflict for hegemony between his faction and other factions within the Democratic Party.
Later in the day, Ahn visited Daegu, aiming to draw voters with his more conservative national security pledges.
Yoo Seong-min of the splinter conservative Bareun Party continued to try and expand his support base in the Seoul metropolitan area.
He volunteered as a one-time teacher at a high school in Gimpo, Gyeonggi Province, where he pledged to provide quality education for every student across the country regardless of their parents’ incomes.
Sim Sang-jeung of the progressive Justice Party announced a labor policy focusing on shortening working time to 35 hours per week by 2025.
Moon Gwang-lip, KBS World Radio News.