Sim Sang-jung’s electoral campaign halted… “Take the current situation seriously”

Justice Party presidential candidate Shim Sang-jung answers questions from panelists during an invitational debate by the Korean Journalists Association held at the Press Center in Jung-gu, Seoul on the 12th. National Assembly Photo Foundation
As Justice Party candidate Shim Sang-jung’s approval rating remained stagnant at around 3%, he suspended all schedules on the 12th and began to contemplate. The Justice Party’s Election Countermeasures Committee spokesperson’s office said in a sudden statement at 8:47 pm that day, “Candidate Shim is taking the current election situation seriously, and after this time all schedules have been suspended and contemplated.”

Candidate Shim is said to have informed the party of his decision right before the announcement of his position on the same day. As approval ratings continued to stagnate, it seems that they were thinking about special measures, such as reorganizing after the disbanding of the predecessor. Jeong Ho-jin, spokesperson for the Justice Party, said in a call with CBS No Cut News, “I am not thinking about resigning,” he said.
Previously, Candidate Shim had struggled with low approval ratings. In the case of candidate Ahn Cheol-soo of the People’s Party, the approval rating of candidate Ahn Cheol-soo of the People’s Party showed an improvement in the midst of the people’s power, but only Shim of the Justice Party continued to maintain a stagnant state of approval. On that day, Candidate Shim also said, “It’s frustrating and worrying a lot” about the stagnant approval ratings at the presidential debate held at the Korea Press Center in Jung-gu, Seoul hosted by the Korea Journalists Association.

He continued, “In the last general election, the Justice Party received close to 10% of the vote, but in fact, it is having a painful time of reflection that it has not lived up to the expectations of the people for the past two years. I have consistently practiced for a better life,” he appealed for support. In addition, regarding the possibility of unification, he drew a line saying, “There is no plan,” saying, “Unification to maintain a two-party system is not desirable.”


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