Choice likely to be announced Wednesday
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – As presidential election frontrunner Tsai Ing-wen
confirmed the choice of former Health Minister Chen Chien-jen as her running mate, speculation increased that Kuomintang candidate Eric Liluan Chu would pick ex-Labor Minister Jennifer Wang as his vice-presidential hopeful Wednesday.
After days of reports in the media, Tsai confirmed on Monday that Academia Sinica Vice President Chen, who led the nation’s effort against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) a decade ago, would be her running mate. Since opinion polls have been putting her way out in the lead for months, the epidemiologist is widely expected to become vice president.
Since a KMT congress nominated party chairman Chu last month to replace faltering Legislative Vice Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu as its candidate in the January 16 election, his poll standings have barely improved. Choosing a female running mate could help compensate and raise his profile in the opinion surveys, reports said. [FULL STORY]