Nation: Hand at the Helm

Nominee Goldwater moved swiftly to assume control of the Republican Party machinery. Seven and a half hours before his formal acceptance speech, he announced his choice of Dean Burch, 36, as chairman of the G.O.P. National Committee, succeeding Bill Miller.

A relative newcomer to politics, Tucson Lawyer Burch's only national campaign experience has been as an assistant in Goldwater's own drive toward the nomination. But he is a model of a young conservative—in dress, speech, bearing and political philosophy. As a Goldwater Senate aide who later took on the thankless task of arranging campaign...

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