>> He was once a favorite to step up as South Korea's next president. But in just two weeks, ex-United Nations Chief Ban Ki-moon. Has been hamstrung by a family corruption scandal and a series of public blunders. His clean image in ten years as a world leader were widely thought to be winning prospects.
Especially after President Park Geun-hye's impeachment. But his image took a blow when the US asked Seoul to arrest his brother on bribery charges. And as Reuters' Jack Kim reports a laundry list of recent gaffes since he returned from New York is only added to Ban's problems.>> He was seen buying a train ticket trying to put two 10,000 won bills into the machine at the same time.
In another episode, he was wearing a bib trying to help an elderly woman, feeding her. When she was lying flat on her back. So, these are the things that made him look unsure and perhaps not as prepared as he would have liked to be seen.>> Ban's even been criticized for his choice in bottled water at a convenience store.
Picking up a bottle of Evian instead of a local brand. And beyond the goofy mishaps, South Korea's massive political scandal has left politicians divided. Making it even harder for Ban if he were to launch a presidential campaign.>> Ban is clearly having difficulties aligning himself with an established political party.
Because the conservative Saenuri Party has split and either seemed to be unsure if they want him to be their candidate. The other parties already have established potential candidates. He would want to choose an established party rather than beginning a brand new one. But at this point, his options seem to be limited.
>> Ban hasn't officially announced a plan to run for office, but he's already polling ten points behind the front runner. Analysts say it's too early to count him out, though, with a name that could still move money and support on the campaign trail.