Don't let facts get in the way of your lies:
In Arizona, a bill to recognize a holiday honoring MLK failed in the legislature, so then-Gov. Bruce Babbitt, a Democrat, declared one through executive order.
In January 1987, the first act of Arizona's new governor, Republican Evan Mecham, was to rescind the executive order by his predecessor to create an MLK holiday. Arizona's stance became a national controversy.
McCain backed the decision at the time. But eventually he changed his mind.
In 1990, Arizonans were given an opportunity to vote to observe an MLK holiday. McCain successfully appealed to former President Ronald Reagan to support the holiday. In a letter to voters, Reagan wrote that he hoped Arizonans would "join me in supporting a holiday to commemorate these ideals to which Dr. King dedicated his life."
Mecham, for his part, opposed the holiday, saying, "I guess King did a lot for the colored people, but I don't think he deserves a national holiday."
The 1990 referendum failed.
And as a direct result, the National Football League rescinded its original decision to have Super Bowl XXVII played in Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.
In November 1992, Arizonans voted to re-elect McCain over a challenge from Mecham. They also voted in favor of an MLK holiday.
But it wasn't until 2000 that all 50 states honored the MLK Holiday passed 17 years before.
Originally Posted by gpamp
It's almost like you've learned how to argue a point from Sean Hannity, himself.
Way to reach for it!
McCain, obviously, didn't like black people 20 years ago. And didn't think MLK was an important figure. I wonder which year, between then, and now, that he decided he WAS an important figure. Hmm... How about, he never did. He still doesn't think he is. When you say he was the driving force... you're leaving out that it was passed, DESPITE HIS "NAY" VOTE. Another person who opposed the holiday was Ronald Regan. They were in such a minute minority, that there was no way the bill wasn't passing.
So, saying that McCain had something to do with it is quite the overstatement.