Former premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) has hinted at a run for the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) presidential nomination, citing his “perfect” background as a reason to give him another opportunity to “do something that meets the public’s expectations.”
Su, during a visit to a fish farm in Pingtung County on Friday, was asked to comment on former vice president Annette Lu’s (呂秀蓮) decision to run for next year’s presidential race and about his own interest in running.
Su said there were many problems in Taiwan, and he hoped that his “impeccable experience” in government service would give him another chance to serve the people again.
He mentioned his experience as Pingtung County commissioner, Taipei County (now New Taipei City) commissioner, and premier of Taiwan.
As for the impact of the internal battle fought over the party’s primary procedures, Su said winning the presidential election was the real purpose of the primary and he hoped all DPP members would learn a lesson from the past and conduct the primary in a way that would produce a good result.
Another potential candidate, DPP Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said that she had yet to decide whether to add her name to the list of candidates.
“I will decide before the official registration date expires for the party primary,” she said.
The party congress has set the primary rules, and everything will proceed according to those rules, Tsai said, referring to her proposal to use a poll to determine the nominee instead of a member vote by as proposed by Lu and others.