Nation: The New Minority Leader

"I've been through adversity before," growled Charles Halleck, "but I've never had to run in a beauty contest." It was not in any beauty contest that he was defeated as House minority leader, despite the obvious differences between Indiana's jowly Halleck, 64, and Michigan's rugged Gerald Rudolph Ford, 51, a onetime college all-star football player. It was a fight between Halleck's long-entrenched, static Republican style and a new, activist, articulate trend in the G.O.P. symbolized by Jerry Ford.

Ford's strategy as leader of the House Republicans this session will be based on the conviction that his party must devise "attractive, workable alternatives...

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