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Hsieh confirms meeting with Su

'PRIVATE' An anonymous source claims that the DPP presidential candidate met Su Tseng-chang on May 10 and told him they were bound by a certain promise

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) confirmed yesterday he had recently met former premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌).

Approached by reporters at the DPP's Central Standing Committee meeting yesterday, Hsieh declined to give details on the meeting, calling it "private."

Hsieh made the remarks in response to a story published in the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times' sister paper) yesterday, which quoted an anonymous source as saying that Hsieh had told Su he would "keep a certain promise" between them, adding that he was a man of his word.

The story quoted the source as saying that during a visit to Su on May 10 following Hsieh's nomination as the DPP's presidential contender, Hsieh had restated his promise that the top-two contenders in the party primary should cooperate.

The source was also quoted as saying that Hsieh told Su they were bound by that promise and that no such promise existed between him and former acting Kaohsiung mayor Yeh Chu-lan (葉菊蘭), who has voiced her interests in becoming Hsieh's vice presidential candidate.

Hsieh was trying to use a public opinion survey to create a "turning point" in the nomination matter because Hsieh and Yeh were bound by "ties of friendship" resulting from her support for Hsieh in the primary, the source was quoted as saying.

Hsieh, the source said, hoped to further discuss the running mate issue with Su, who has said he has no intention of competing with Yeh for the position but would help Hsieh in his run for the presidency.

Approached for comments, DPP Legislator Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇), who is generally regarded as Hsieh's protege, said yesterday that "the promise" between Hsieh and Su no longer existed, given that "someone does not want to [be vice president]."

DPP Legislator Wu Ping-jui (吳秉叡), who is close to Su, said the latter had gone abroad yesterday morning on a personal trip, but as far as he knew, Su's decision to campaign for Hsieh remained unchanged.

Replying to media inquiries, Yeh said yesterday she would continue to campaign for Hsieh even if he were to pick another running mate.

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