Nation: Shuffling the Planks

Most of the Platform Committee hoopla came over the appearances of the presidential candidates and their top supporters. But during its preconvention week the committee, chaired by Wisconsin's Representative Melvin Laird, also took testimony from spokesmen for some 170 organizations, ranging from Americans for Democratic Action to the Izaak Walton League and the American Committee for the Independence of Armenia.

There was, for example, a full afternoon devoted to hearing the representatives of civil rights organizations. The N.A.A.C.P.'s Roy Wilkins, a Democrat, praised Republicans in Congress for their part in passage of...

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