Mon, Jul 21, 2003 - Page 3 News List

DPP denies holding polls on running mate for president

CNA , TAIPEI

The DPP said yesterday that it had never conducted any public opinion surveys on who should be President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) running mate for next year's presidential election.

The party was responding to a newspaper report that the DPP's opinion survey center had quietly included a short list of vice presidential candidates into regular opinion polls.

"The report is not true," said Chen Chun-lin (陳俊麟), director of the DPP's public opinion research center. "We have never conducted any opinion poll concerning Chen's running mate choice."

Quoting the DPP's charter, Chen Chun-lin said it was up to the party's presidential candidate to pick his or her running mate.

The DPP will not formally nominate its presidential candidate until late this year, Chen Chun-lin said, adding that the party did not need to explore public opinion on possible vice presidential candidates at the moment.

The DPP official said the party had regularly conducted national and regional opinion surveys on various topics in connection with the presidential election, but not on the vice presidential candidate.

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