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DPP presidential hopefuls silent on running mates

By Vincent Y. Chao  /  Staff Reporter

Both Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential hopefuls yesterday dodged questions and offered no hints on who they would choose as a running mate, saying they needed more time to decide.

Primaries

With the DPP primaries just around the corner, Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) were already facing tough questions on how they would manage a presidential bid and whether they would choose each other as a running mate.

Telephone polls that will eventually be used to settle the nominations currently show the two in a dead heat.

QUERIES

Pressed about the matter at a campaign stop yesterday, Tsai refused to answer questions on whether she would consider Su. However, speaking at a media interview on Wednesday night, Tsai said that she would not rule out anybody, even if they were not members of the DPP.

Asked the same question in another television interview, Su also said that he was “completely open to the idea” of anybody as a running mate.

“I am looking forward to working with Tsai to fulfill our supporters’ expectations … but working together doesn’t necessarily mean we have to [run] together. It can be in other aspects,” Su said.

LEG UP

The hot button issue is an important one for Tsai and Su as both aim to give themselves a leg-up in the presidential primaries that could last until May 4.

However, sources close to both campaigns say that a decision could be made much later, and it could possibly depend on the running mate that President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) chooses.

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