"Poor organization and failure to run stronger candidates" beat his party in many areas in 1958, wrote Vice President Richard Nixon in a post-mortem after the Democrats won the House of Representatives 283 to 158. Since then Nixon & Co. have been beating the bushes to recruit articulate, attractive young Republicans to run for Congress. Last week 167 of 1960's crop of new Republican candidates paid their way to the capital, where the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee picked up hotel and food tabs and put on a two-day cram course on how to influence voters and win elections.

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