>> Early voting kicking off South Korea's snap presidential election on Thursday. The first of an expected near record turnout when general polls open next week. And barring any surprises, this man, Moon Jae-in, is set to win. The South has long called itself a shrimp among whales, especially fitting now that Donald Trump is putting pressure on Seoul to try and tackle North Korea.
Moon's response, his country should learn to say no to America. He also wants a moderate approach to Pyongyang, saying hard line policies have failed to stop its nuclear weapons program. That struck a chord with younger voters who want the country to stand up to powerful allies and neighbors.
Polls show Koreans in their 20s will turn out in force for liberal Moon, energized by a half year of massive protests that led to the impeachment of conservative president Park Geun-hye.>>
> I've experienced the Korean War, and seen the rise of the Communist regime, so I know how scary and terrible it is.>> Another key issue in the campaign debate, what to do about the THAAD anti-missile system after the US military installed it in the middle of the night last week.
I think Moon can make that happen.>> But older voters fear Moon may reintroduce the so-called Sunshine Policy of investing and talking with the North to try and build trust. They're more likely to support conservative candidate Hong Jun-pyo, who's promised to stand firm in the face of Pyongyang's growing stockpile of missiles and nuclear weapons.
Moon says the next administration should make the final call on the rollout, promising to put it up for parliamentary approval. And until then, all THAAD operations should be suspended.