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    It's not as if this is news.

    On another television program, NBC News's ''Meet the Press,'' Senator McCain said he regretted his early opposition to a holiday honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his home state, Arizona.

    ''I voted in 1983 against the recognition of Martin Luther King,'' Mr. McCain said. ''It became a huge issue in my state.''

    In answer to another question, he said, ''I regret that vote.''

    Dan Schnur, the spokesman for Senator McCain's presidential campaign, said Mr. McCain's reversal and expression of regret were well known in Arizona, which was the last state to make Dr. King's birthday a holiday.

    ''It is something he has been talking about for quite some time,'' Mr. Schnur said. ''He was public about it in leading the fight to reverse the original decision.''

    The matter took on some timeliness last week with the designation of a parcel on the Mall for a memorial to Dr. King.

    Senator McCain was quoted by The Associated Press in September as having said, ''I was one of the leaders for the recognition of Dr. King, but I resented it enormously when Americans from other states and other parts of the country parachuted into my state and tried to tell us what to do.''

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