By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Kuomintang presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu’s running mate
will come from Southern or Central Taiwan, party chairman Eric Liluan Chu said Friday.
Hung has been performing poorly in most polls for the January 16 election, and one of her perceived weaknesses has been her lack of appeal in Southern Taiwan.
The choice for a KMT vice-presidential candidate was on the way with contenders being interviewed, but no final decision had been reached, Chu said. In principle, the running mate would come from Southern or Central Taiwan, he added.
The ruling party leader denied that he would resign as mayor of New Taipei City in order to join the ticket himself. After a devastating KMT defeat in local elections last November, Chu declared as bid for party chairman, but at the same time insisted he would not run for president. Because of Hung’s low poll ratings, rumors have been rife that she might be replaced as the KMT candidate, possibly by Chu. [FULL STORY]