President Tsai Ing-wen made her way to Yilan on Wednesday to show her support for a county magistrate candidate. But things didn’t go exactly as planned.
Taiwan’s local elections are days away, and candidates around the country are looking for all the help they can get. So it makes sense that DPP candidate for Yilan County Magistrate Chiang Tsung-yuan (江聰淵) would welcome the personal support of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文). After all, Tsai won over 60% of the votes in Yilan when she was reelected. But even a polished politician like Tsai can make mistakes.
As Tsai attended a campaign event to rally support for Chiang, she accidentally told the crowd to vote for a different DPP politician, Chen Ou-po (陳歐珀).
The crowd laughed at Tsai’s small slip of the tongue, and even the president couldn’t help but smile. Chiang on the other hand did his best to stay cool.
Tsai explained that last time she did an event like this in Yilan, she had been with the other politician. She said she was a bit slow to switch the names. Chiang later made his own pivot.
Chiang says that President Tsai’s slip up was because she had previously been elected with Chen. He says his job now is to take the mantle from Chen and win in Yilan.
With the elections coming up this weekend, even a slip of the tongue can make all the difference.