Taipei mayoral contenders to appear on TV show
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-06-04 08:11 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Independent physician Ko Wen-je and Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Yao Wen-chih were both scheduled to appear on a television show Wednesday night in the second phase of their battle to become the official opposition candidate for mayor of Taipei City.

They first debated each other last Monday, with a final debate to follow this Saturday. Wednesday’s TV show featuring interviews with Ko and Yao was recorded during the day but would only be broadcast at 10 p.m., reports said.

Opinion polls scheduled for June 12 will decide who becomes the opposition challenger to face Kuomintang candidate Sean Lien in the November 29 election.

Ko’s strong performance in opinion surveys over the past few months caused problems for the opposition, because even though the outspoken physician belongs to the opposition camp, he refused to join the DPP.

As a result, the party devised a two-stage selection process, first pitting DPP members against each other. In a surprise result, Yao defeated his party rivals as the man most likely to perform well against Lien.

On the whole however, Ko has been the only opposition contender seen as running ahead of Lien in some opinion surveys. The physician has contrasted his own image as a simple man from outside the political establishment with the KMT candidate’s wealthy family background. His father is former Vice President Lien Chan, who still bears the title of honorary chairman of the ruling party.

During Wednesday’s TV appearance, the host asked the two opposition contenders if they thought their rival was suited to serve as mayor of Taipei City. Yao said he was still the more suitable candidate. “Yao Wen-chih can serve, but even Ma Ying-jeou can,” media reports quoted Ko as saying.

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