Tsai Ing-wen visits former DPP leader Su for election advice
Former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tsengchang ( ) would be an essential element in the upcoming elections and the DPP’s possible rule, said DPP Chairwoman and presidential candidate Tsai Ingwen ( ) before paying a visit to Su yesterday.
Tsai and Su were likened to the “two suns of DPP” by Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je ( ) previously, as the two did not seem to see eye to eye and often held different opinions. Secre
Accompanied by DPP tary-General Joseph Wu ( and Legislator Tuan Yi-kang (
) yesterday, Tsai visited Su at the Eball Foundation (
); the two were seen smiling and shaking hands cordially before holding a meeting behind closed doors.
Before their meeting, Tsai said that she has been visiting the mayors and magistrates throughout Taiwan for their advice after she was nominated, in order to better understand the situation of each area. “I also wanted to ask the advice of my elders in the party. Su is a very important person when it comes to this. He has ample administrative experience and has held several offices in the party over the past years,” said Tsai.
Su had completed all nomination procedures during his term as chairman, so the DPP scored many a triumph in the 2014 9-in-1 Elections, said Tsai. “I am here to extend my gratitude to Su, and ask him for his advice on the election preparation I am about to begin, as well as possible suggestions he may have if the DPP does step into power in the future,” said Tsai.
When the media asked if she would be discussing Su’s position in the elections with him, Tsai replied that the entire structure of her campaign was still being mapped out. “I expect to unite every drop of energy in the party and make good use of it. I believe Su to be someone that is very important during the elections and even when we step into power.”
Seeking Advice from All in the
Tsai did not elaborate on whether she would be visiting other party bigwigs, including former President Chen Shui-bian ( ) and former Vice President Annette Lu ( ). “I will be planning my advice-seeking trips accordingly, and will be asking for the opinions of the public; there are many leaders and successful people in various industries that I will seek out.”
Former Health Minister Yang Chih- liang ( ) announced that he would be seeking to represent the Kuomintang (KMT) in the presidential elections, to which Tsai joked that she seemed to have one additional opponent with the passing of each day. “But this con- cerns the KMT’s party nomination procedures, which I respect,” said Tsai.
“The point would be to follow my own plan and pace in facing the elections, hoping to gather most of the community’s support and eventually win the election,” said Tsai.
In response to Tsai’s praise, Su said that “it is important to win, but it is more even more important to excel at your position.”
“I will be doing what I can to support Tsai and give her my blessings,” said the former chairman.