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Frank Hsieh: Party chair first step toward presidential run for Tsai
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-02-16 03:04 PM
Former Premier Frank Hsieh, considered one of the contenders in the DPP’s race for party chairman in May, said Sunday that if former Chairman Tsai Ing-wen wins the election it will be a giant step toward winning the party's nomination for the presidential campaign later this year. Hsieh said this places Tsai in a vulnerable position and he will do what he can to protect her.

Appearing at a Lunar New Year event organized by DPP Taipei City Councilor Hung Chien-yi, Hsieh said that if Tsai comes out on top in the election for DPP chairman, “she would be the favorite in the party’s presidential primary and would be the most susceptible to damage."

Hsieh said he did not attend an earlier event hosted by city councilor Li Ching-feng because he did not receive an invitation. He denied suggestions that he was trying to evade party chairman Su Tseng-chang. He said he sees Su every week in meetings of the DPP Central Standing Committee, and attending Li’s event would only have meant yet another face-to-face meeting with the party chairman.

Informed of Hsieh’s remarks, late arrival Tsai Ing-wen said told reporters "We are very grateful for Premier Hsieh's concern and respect his right to his opinions."

Party chairman Su Tseng-chang, who was also at the event, declined to comment on who would be in the chairman’s race or whether the party chair should be barred from seeking the presidency. Su said only that the party should “concentrate first on the elections in 2014, and later on those in 2016."

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