Su Jia-chyuan Reported to be DPP Vice-Presidential Nominee

Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全), currently the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) Central Committee secretary-general, will reportedly be his party’s nominee for Taiwan’s vice presidency in the presidential elections in January next year. He would be DPP presidential nominee Tsai Ing-wen‘s (蔡英文) running mate against incumbent president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and his running mate Wu Den-yih (吳敦義), both of the KMT.

Also reportedly, former executive yuan chief (usually referred to as prime minister in English)  Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) had previously rejected Tsai’s offer to run for Taiwan’s vice presidency.

An official announcement is expected on Friday (today GMT).

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Updates / Related

» Tsai picks Su Jia-chyuan, Focus Taiwan, Sept 9, 2011

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5 Responses to “Su Jia-chyuan Reported to be DPP Vice-Presidential Nominee”

  1. A solid choice, but not a game-changer. Let’s hope he can bring in some votes in central Taiwan, where the votes are sorely needed.

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  2. Any idea why Su Tseng-chang wouldn’t run as a VP candidate, Tommy?

    It may pay to have a candidate who is focused on domestic issues and who comes from central Taiwan. It seems to me that Tsai herself is no game-changer, either, but she has changed much of the game so far, by rebuilding the DPP after 2008, and for being familiar with the issues.

    Maybe that’s what it takes to win the elections.

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  3. It’s not that I disagree with you. In fact, I think Su Jia-chyuan is a solid candidate. Tsai probably should have picked him from the start. Moreover, I think that much needs to be said about the fact that the earlier polls that compared Ma and Wu to Tsai plus a VP pick may already have been proven incorrect. If three recent polls (Global Views, Liberty Times and another one that I have forgotten the name of) all show Tsai behind by between 2 and 3 percent, this is already much better than her showing with little Su as a VP presidential candidate was expected to be, and he hadn’t even paired with her yet when those three polls were conducted.

    When I said little Su was not a game changer, I meant that he is not likely to bring in lots of votes from across Taiwan. But if Tsai is close to Ma, as the three polls indicate (leaving aside the question of whether they are more correct or the polls from the blue polling agencies are more correct) bringing in votes in central Taiwan might be just what she needs to tip the balance. And of course, a lot will depend on how little Su handles himself in front of the public in the upcoming months, weathers attacks and successfully counterattacks.

    As for big Su, there might be something to the recent words of Chiu Yi to the effect that Su Tseng-chang and Tsai Ying-wen are not necessarily the best of buds. He was rather cold to her after he lost the primary in public.

    I am no insider, but that’s how I see it.

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