October 15, 1987 |
Kim Young Sam on Wednesday dismissed as unthinkable a proposal by rival Kim Dae Jung that the two opposition leaders campaign as independents and then let the people decide which of them should face the ruling party's candidate in the December presidential election. Kim Young Sam charged that Kim Dae Jung's proposal was "designed to dissolve the opposition party," adding: "It defies the rule of party politics and the politics of responsibility. It would betray the people."
December 23, 1987 |
Opposition leader Kim Young Sam apologized Tuesday for splitting the opposition vote in last week's presidential election and said his party will participate in the coming election for the National Assembly. Kim's apology followed one Monday by his rival, Kim Dae Jung. The two Kims lost last Wednesday's balloting to Roh Tae Woo, candidate of the governing Democratic Justice Party. Roh won with nearly 37% of the vote. Together, the two Kims received 55% of the vote.
October 18, 1987 |
Delivering on his promise, Kim Young Sam pulled in a massive crowd Saturday for the kickoff rally of his presidential campaign. "I have the absolute trust of the people," the 59-year-old opposition politician asserted in a rousing speech to the enthusiastic throng in this big southeastern port, the country's second-largest city and Kim's hometown. His aides estimated the crowd at more than 1 million.
November 10, 1987 |
Kim Young Sam, cementing his opposition candidacy, accepted the presidential nomination of the fractured Reunification Democratic Party on Monday and called again on his rival, Kim Dae Jung, to return to the fold. "I know that fielding a single presidential candidate from our democratic forces is a mandate," Kim told 1,200 cheering supporters packed into an auditorium in downtown Seoul. "On my part, I have made efforts. . . . But I regret that Kim Dae Jung deserted . . . to form his own party."
November 21, 1987 |
Kim Young Sam, president of the opposition Reunification Democratic Party, predicted here Friday night that he will win the Dec. 16 presidential election by a majority vote and said his main opposition rival, Kim Dae Jung, is running third among four major contenders. "If the election were held tomorrow," the 59-year-old leader said in an interview, "I would not get more than 50% of the votes, although I am the front-runner."
December 6, 1987 |
Presidential nominee Kim Young Sam, seeking to establish himself as the leading opposition candidate in the Dec. 16 election, attended a massive rally here Saturday, during which a former minor-party candidate threw her support to him. Kim failed, however, to draw a measurably larger crowd than that attracted to the same huge plaza last Sunday by his opposition rival, Kim Dae Jung. The site can hold an estimated 1 million to 1.5 million people.