A couple of months ago I wrote about the possible vice presidential candidates for both the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). I correctly predicted that Premier Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) would be the candidate for the KMT. However, the DPP is yet to select their candidate and there are a number of possible candidates who didn’t even appear on my original list.
It was expected that the DPP’s presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) would announce her running mate this weekend. However, a report from CNA today suggests that Tsai may delay the announcement until October. Tsai is certainly keeping everyone guessing about who she will choose.
While a number of names have been mentioned there seems to be no certainty about who Tsai will pick. Some potential candidates who have been the subject of media speculation are listed below.
- Perng Fai-nan (彭淮南) – Governor of the Central Bank
- Lin Hsin-yi (林信義) – former Vice Premier
- Lin Chuan (林全) – former Minister of Finance
- Lin I-hsiung (林義雄) – former DPP chairman
- Lee Yuan-tseh (李遠哲) – former head of Academia Sinica and Nobel Laureate
- Lai In-jaw (賴英照) – former President of the Judicial Yuan
- Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) – DPP Secretary-General
The former premiers Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) and Yu Shyi-kun (游錫堃) were on my original list, but it seems they have been sidelined somewhat. They were given key positions on Tsai’s campaign team and included on the DPP’s legislator-at-large list.
Tsai may well choose someone who is not a member of the DPP in order to maximise her ticket’s appeal to swinging and pan-blue voters. However, she will need to appoint someone who is trusted by the DPP and it is likely she will choose someone who served in a senior position during the Chen Shui-bian administration from 2000 to 2008.
It is also possible that the candidate may not even be on this list. We will find out sooner or later.