Liu Jia-chang Threatens to Run for President of the Republic of China

Famed Songwriter and Movie Director Liu Jia-chang proclaimed that if Blue Camp candidates refused to say they were running for “President of the Republic of China,” then he would

Liu Jia-chang Threatens to Run for President of the Republic of China
by Bevin Chu
Taipei, China
August 21, 2011

Famed songwriter and movie director Liu Jia-chang 劉家昌 came out with both guns blazing yesterday evening, at the 18th Anniversary Celebration of the Founding of the New Party.

Unhappy that Blue and Green camp candidates were falling over each other proclaiming that they were running for “President of Taiwan,” surprise guest Liu threatened to declare his own candidacy for the upcoming 2012 Republic of China Presidential Election.

Liu said that if by September 20th, none of the candidates made clear that they were running for President of the Republic of China, and not “President of Taiwan,” he would throw his hat in the ring. He said that people should not forget who their ancestors are, merely for the sake of a few votes.

Liu said he received an invitation from the Overseas Compatriots Affairs Commission (OCAC) to participate in the centennial ceremonies, and to lead participants in singing Liu’s universally recognizable patriotic song, “An Ode to the Republic of China” 中華民國頌,

Liu’s “An Ode to the Republic of China” is comparable to “America the Beautiful” in both its spirit and lyrics.

Teresa Teng singing “An Ode to the Republic of China”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JKLagjZWgc
Faith Hill singing “America the Beautiful”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwEzNMg-5ZM&feature=related

But Liu said he saw posters that read “The Centennial of Taiwan’s Founding.” His reaction was, “Has a Nation of Taiwan really been founded? and flatly turned down the invitation.

KMT Secretary General Liao Liao-yi, who was sitting in the audience, rushed to reassure Liu that KMT candidates Ma Ying-jeou and Wu Dun-yi would absolutely, positively be running for “President and Vice President of the Republic of China.”

When confronted by reporters in Tainan the following afternoon, Ma Ying-jeou made a point of saying, “Of course I’m running for President of the Republic of China. From beginning to end I’ve been running for President of the Republic of China.”

Thank you, Maestro Liu, for holding Ma Ying-jeou’s feet to the fire, and reminding him that he is the President of China, not the “President of Taiwan.”

Thank you, New Party, for keeping the Blue Camp honest.

劉家昌:藍再不說中華民國 我來選總統
聯合報╱記者雷光涵、程嘉文/台北報導
記者潘俊宏/攝影
2011.08.21 04:06 am

資深藝人劉家昌昨晚出席新黨十八週年黨慶大會時重批各黨總統候選人都沒有表態要競選中華民國總統,並表示他不排除以參選的行動來維護中華民國。

「中華民國頌」的創作者劉家昌,昨天在新黨黨慶大會上當著國民黨秘書長廖了以的面說:「秘書長要注意,選中華民國總統,要把國號講出來。」

自稱始終支持新黨理念、但不參與政治的劉家昌說,現在各黨參選人都說選「台灣」總統、說「台灣」加油,「如果大家都選台灣總統,那我來選中華民國總統好了。」

劉家昌對坐在台下的廖了以,說了至少三次「秘書長,對不起哦」,強調若九月廿日前參選人不改口,「我一定選」,「我看不下去!大家不要為選舉,把祖宗忘了。」

廖了以立刻第二度上台表示,「馬英九、吳敦義選的絕對是中華民國總統」,回應劉的抗議,並當場唱起「中華民國頌」。劉家昌稍後表示,這番話不是針對馬英九個人,他對廖了以的回答很滿意。

中時電子報 中時娛樂
中國時報  2011.08.21
劉家昌:馬應喊選中華民國總統
楊毅/台北報導

音樂鬼才、導演劉家昌昨晚出席新黨黨慶大會時火力全開,炮轟目前檯面上要角逐二○一二總統大位的參選人,都是要選「台灣總統」,卻沒有人敢喊出要選「中華民國總統」,並當場向坐在台下的國民黨祕書長廖了以喊話,要廖回去「轉達領導人」,如果九月二十日這個情形仍未改變,他一定參選總統到底。

原本已致詞完畢的廖了以聞訊後趕緊上台滅火,他強調,國民黨提名的正副總統參選人馬英九和吳敦義,「選的絕對是中華民國正副總統」,他還說,自己最會唱的歌就是《中華民國頌》,並當場清唱一段起來。

新黨昨晚舉辦十八周年黨慶大會,黨主席郁慕明會中發表「成年宣言」。他強調,「統一」不是毒蛇猛獸,而是大家無法迴避、必須面對的問題,新黨主張「和而不獨,和而求統」的兩岸政策,其中「和而不獨」是台灣可以做到的,「和而求統」則是中國大陸需要努力的。

郁慕明要求,馬英九總統連任成功後,必須依據國統綱領,強化國家統一委員會的功能,進一步推展「文字、幣制、市場及人力統一」的和平發展。

劉家昌的意外現身,引起現場一陣騷動;他強調,自己從未參與過任何政黨活動,但近來選舉的情況,讓他「實在是看不下去了」。劉家昌透露,他日前接到僑委會的邀請函,邀他參加建國百年晚會,帶領現場合唱《中華民國頌》,但他卻看到海報上寫著「台灣建國一百年」,抨擊「台灣建國了嗎?」因此他斷然拒絕出席。

劉家昌話鋒一轉批評,現在選舉各個政黨喊的都是「台灣加油!」卻絕口不提「中華民國」,但二○一二年選的可是「中華民國總統」,如果大家要選的是「台灣總統」,「那麼中華民國總統就讓我來選」,「大家不要為了一點點選票,就把自己的祖宗都全忘了」。

馬:始終參選的是中華民國總統
2011/08/21 17:46 中央社

(中央社記者張榮祥台南21日電)導演劉家昌批評朝野總統參選人光喊參選台灣總統,不敢講參選中華民國總統。總統馬英九今天表示,「我從頭到尾都是選中華民國總統」。

媒體報導,劉家昌昨晚出席新黨黨慶活動表示,因不滿朝野總統參選人口口聲聲選「台灣總統」,讓他看不下去,如果全部的人都在選「台灣總統」,那他就自己跳出來選「中華民國總統」。

馬總統下午到台南市善化區慶安宮上香祭拜及揭匾,在參觀廟中「台灣孔子」沈光文紀念館後答覆媒體訪問表示,「我當然是選中華民國總統,從頭到尾都是選中華民國總統」。

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