Commentators said the views aired by Ma Ying-jeou and Wang Jin-pyng would make little difference to their campaigns for the Kuomintang's chairmanship. 'What they said in the televised forum was quite moderate, meeting the voters' general impressions of them,' said Emile Sheng Chih-jen, professor of political science at Soochow University. The TV forum would not be the decisive factor in who wins, he said. 'The key is their ability to mobilise the people who will support them, and whoever has more support in the remaining two weeks will win,' Professor Sheng said. Mr Ma, who was born in Hong Kong, is known for his ability to mobilise military veterans. The Taipei mayor is also popular in northern Taiwan and should be able to sway KMT supporters in the region. Mr Wang, a Taiwanese native, is popular in both the south and north, though his popularity in the north may not match Mr Ma's. The Taipei mayor has been making regular visits to the south to build up his support there. Political commentator Hsu Yung-ming said that to boost his popularity in the south, Mr Ma has emphasised the issue of money politics, which has plagued the KMT for years. Compared with Mr Wang, Mr Ma has a squeaky-clean image, Mr Hsu said. He said both Mr Wang, the legislative Speaker, and Mr Ma had carefully avoided involving incumbent KMT chairman Lien Chan in the money-politics issue as a sign of their respect. They also avoided making any harsh criticism of the party, despite having mentioned the need for the KMT to reform. Instead, they had played safe by attacking the ruling Democratic Progressive Party to show they could do better if they won the mandate to lead the KMT to victory in the 2008 presidential election. Meanwhile, Vice-President Annette Lu Hsiu-lien said it was good to see the KMT was finally electing its leader democratically.