Three other candidates stump for votes on first weekend of campaign

Shifting our focus to the other three major
candidates in the running for the May ninth presidential election. They fanned out across the nation in a bid
to win over voters. Here’s Connie Kim with a closer look South Korea is in full-on election mode as
the presidential hopefuls criss-cross the nation on the first weekend of the campaign
period. Hong Joon-pyo, the candidate for the conservative
Liberty Korea Party sought to win over undecided voters by visiting Korea’s central Chungcheongbuk-do
Province, a region home to many swing voters. “Our party head is also from Chungcheongbuk-do. I want to make a conservative bloc combining
Yeongnam and Chungcheong.” On his second visit to the province since
the campaign began, Hong promoted his pledge to the region of making Osong train station
the country’s transportation base. He also highlighted his promise to expand
major highways to make Chuncheongbuk-do a distribution hub. The former governor of Gyeongsangnam-do Province
then made his way up to Seoul Station,… where he joined some 100-thousand supporters,…
including those opposed to former President Park Geun-hye’s impeachment. Yoo Seong-min of the splinter conservative
Bareun Party traveled to the conservative stronghold of Yeongnam… as the ratings of
his rival conservative in the race, Hong Joon-pyo, have been shooting up in
the area. He vowed to set up an outer circular road
in South Korea’s seventh largest metropolis Ulsan and attract more universities to the
region. The Bareun Party’s presidential candidate
then pressed on,… visiting traditional markets in Gyeongju and Gyeongsan,… and in the conservative
powerbase of Daegu. Sim Sang-jung of the minor leftist Justice
Party spent her Saturday targeting voters in Korea’s strongly liberal southwest,…
making stops in Suncheon, Jeonnam and Gwangju. (Korean)
“Farmers and citizens of Suncheon, I promise to be responsible. I will overhaul the country’s 60-year-old
system of the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ with drastic reforms. I’ll make this a country where farmers are
proud, laborers are proud, business owners can thrive and where women can have a dream.” Focusing on her environmentally-friendly pledges,…
the only woman running for president visited a eco-friendly agricultural district and a
festival in Gurae. With just 17 days on the clock and a lot of
ground to make up on the two frontrunners,… the race to win over undecided voters is getting
more fierce by the day. Connie Kim, Arirang News.

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