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Things we learned about David Cunliffe

Saturday 26 Jul 2014 7:00a.m.

Things we learned about David Cunliffe

Labour Party leader David Cunliffe is the man trying to take John Key's job as Prime Minister at this year's election.

He faces a lot of questions from the media about the issues of the day, but the public had their chance to ask him questions of their own as part of the 3 News Ask Me Anything series.

Mr Cunliffe has answered some of the many questions and here are some of the things we learned.

  • He respects the independence of the Remuneration Authority to set MPs and others' salaries, but thinks it should be more in line with the economic conditions facing all Kiwis.
  • He enjoys the Tumblr page Cats That Look Like David Cunliffe, and thinks everyone should "give it a whirl".
  • The fact recent polls show he is around 9 percent in the preferred Prime Minister stakes isn't unusual in the context of higher party polling, he says. He just thinks people just need time to get to know him before they cast their vote.
  • Mr Cunliffe has ruled out anyone, including Greens co-leader Russel Norman, other than a Labour MP holding the Finance Minister position should the election go Labour’s way.
  • He believes being a "real man" is about "old-fashioned stuff" including being respectful, supportive, having strength, integrity and being a good dad.
  • While he describes Parliament as "a bit of a bear pit", he says most MPs he knows have integrity and aspire to serve New Zealand contrary to popular belief.

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