Wed, Aug 15, 2007 - Page 3 News List

Hsieh to reveal decision today

RAINED OUT With bad weather expected, the DPP presidential candidate put off a public appearance today, but said he would announce his running mate as planned

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

With the prospect of former premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) as his running mate, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) yesterday said he would make a formal announcement of the party's vice presidential candidate today as scheduled.

During his visit to Indonesia yesterday, Hsieh said he would postpone a rally in Taipei that was scheduled for tonight for one to two weeks because of the approach of a typhoon and the recent flooding in central and southern Taiwan.

He said he would, however, keep his vow to announce his decision on a running mate tonight.

Hsieh's campaign had organized a large rally to take place in the 228 Memorial Park, with Hsieh and his running mate scheduled to put in an appearance.

The campaign said last week it had also invited other DPP heavyweights, including President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and DPP city and county chiefs.

Hsieh, however, said that some officials south of Taipei County were busy dealing with severe flooding in the region.

The postponement of the rally may also make it possible for Su, who is in the US, to attend the occasion, Hsieh said.

Although Hsieh has not formally declared a Hsieh-Su ticket, Hsieh had been upbeat about the possibility since Su responded to his invitation to be his running mate with "good will" during a long telephone conversation on Monday morning.

"[Former] premier Su will rethink the offer of running mate mainly because his supporters expect it. Many people have urged him to run," DPP Legislator Lin Yu-sheng (林育生), a protege of Su, said when approached for comment.

"Of course Hsieh's sincerity and the president's active role in bringing them together have all been very important factors [leading to cooperation]," he said.

Lin dismissed an allegation made by Chinese Nationalist Party Secretary-General Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) on Monday that Su had accepted Hsieh's offer because the pair had reached a secret agreement that Su could run for president in 2012.

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