Taiwan TV viewers watching a series of presidential debates have seen a polished, professorial type facing off against a sharp-tongued opponent who talks like your average guy.
In the glare of the cameras, the plain-spoken Frank Hsieh has portrayed himself as a son of the soil and tries to cast his rival, Ma Ying-jeou, as an outsider because of his mainland China heritage.
The sometimes sarcastic candidate of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which has held the presidency for the past eight years, also likes to remind voters his rival was indicted last year for corruption. Ma has since been acquitted.
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