By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Kuomintang Chairman Eric Liluan Chu denied he wanted to hold a
high-profile summit with People First Party Chairman James Soong, while Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng rejected talk of a presidential bid with Soong as the two had not spoken for over a year, reports said Saturday.
Since a KMT congress on July 19 approved the choice of Legislative Vice Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu as its candidate in the January 16 presidential election, speculation has been mounting about the PFP leader’s intentions.
While Democratic Progressive Party leader Tsai Ing-wen is still leading most opinion polls, the same surveys have been divided as to whether Soong or Hung would finish second.
Chu would reportedly try to persuade Soong not to divide the so-called “pan-blue” vote, because his candidacy would make Tsai’s task even easier, reports said. [FULL STORY]