Chu has no in­ten­tion to run for VP: Hung

Hung more popular in South, Cen­tral Tai­wan than thought

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHI- HAO JAMES LO

Deputy Leg­isla­tive Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu ( ) yes­ter­day said that Kuom­intang (KMT) Chair­man Eric Chu ( ) has no in­ten­tion of join­ing her as run­ning mate in next year’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

On Sun­day, Hung, who re­cently ex­ceeded the KMT’s opin­ion poll re­quire­ments to achieve an av­er­age of 46.2 per­cent ap­proval rat­ing, met with Chu to come to three un­der­stand­ings fol­low­ing an an­nounce­ment that the KMT would fully sup­port hung’s elec­tion.

The three con­sen­suses in­clude pro­vid­ing Hung with the full sup- port of the KMT’s think tank, the estab­lish­ment and in­te­gra­tion of Hung’s elec­tion cam­paign staff, as well as pro­vid­ing her cam­paign team with an of­fice within the head­quar­ters of the KMT.

Dur­ing a press con­fer­ence at the Leg­isla­tive Yuan yes­ter­day, lo­cal press asked Hung whether the pos­si­bil­ity of re­cruit­ing Chu as her vi­cepres­i­den­tial run­ning part­ner came up dur­ing the meet­ing on Sun­day.

The deputy speaker ini­tially said “Ba­si­cally, the chair­man has no such in­ten­tions,” and went on to re­veal that she had ca­su­ally asked Chu to run with her when the two were dis­cussing other mat­ters.

In re­sponse, the chair­man re­port­edly asked Hung to stop jok­ing be­fore re­turn­ing to their dis­cus­sion.

Hung later said the pos­si­bil­ity of ask­ing Chu is still open, and that the chair­man is also help­ing her look for a suit­able run­ning mate.

Although Hung later said that it is still early to talk about a po­ten­tial vice-pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, the deputy speaker nev­er­the­less went on to elab­o­rate on her cri­te­ria in look­ing for an elec­tion part­ner, stat­ing that the per­son just needs to be a good can­di­date with­out hav­ing to be a KMT party mem­ber or a north­erner.

Re­port­edly, an­a­lysts within the party have con­cluded that Hung’s sup­port in cen­tral and south­ern parts of the coun­try is higher than ex­pected.

KMT Tainan City Coun­cilor Hsieh Lung- chieh ( ) agreed with the anal­y­sis, stat- ing that cit­i­zens from the south like the kind of straight­for­ward and loyal per­son­al­ity Hung has.

Hung Calls on Fa­mous For­mer

Stu­dent for Sup­port

In re­lated news, Hung called out to her for­mer stu­dent and popular lo­cal co­me­dian Hsu Hsiao-shun (

) yes­ter­day to help with her cam­paign. Hsu had first ad­dressed the for­mer stu­dent-teacher re­la­tion­ship with Hung, stat­ing that he had called his for­mer mid­dle school teacher names be­hind her back as a re­sult of her strict­ness dur­ing his child­hood.How­ever, the co­me­dian said that although he will not re­veal whether he will vote for his for­mer teacher or not, he is will­ing to ad­vo­cate her cam­paign for free.

In re­sponse, Hung wel­comed him onto her staff to help her with the up­com­ing elec­tion.

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