Nation: One Platform for All

In one of his most eloquent statements, William Scranton last spring warned that the inability of his party to speak with one voice had made it appear as a negative force in U.S. life. Declared he: "All of that can change. Republicans should form a new coalition—with themselves."

Few Republicans would agree more heartily with that sentiment than Melvin Laird, a bright, balding Congressman from Wisconsin, chairman of the 1964 Republican Platform Committee and a man who means to write a document acceptable to all G.O.P. factions. Says Laird: "We're not writing a Goldwater...

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