Date: Apr 30, 2015
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter
Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) yesterday said he would “carefully
consider” the possibility of running for president and dismissed a television report claiming to have obtained a draft of a statement by Wang on a decision to run.
With New Taipei City Mayor and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫) declaring his disinclination to join the presidential race and Wang retaining his KMT party membership after a court case against him concluded last week, it has been widely speculated that the speaker would soon announce his intention to seek the KMT nomination for next year’s presidential election.
Wang, after weeks of equivocal answers, said that he would seriously consider the possibility of running.
“As I have said before, I have never denied that possibility,” he said.
Regarding the “exclusive report” aired by Next TV on Tuesday night that claimed to have secured a draft copy of a declaration on his intention to join the race, Wang said he had no idea where it came from. [FULL STORY]