McCain event with fundraiser who joked about rape has been ‘postponed,’ not canceled.

On Friday, ABC reported that Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) campaign had canceled a fundraiser with a Texas oilman who compared rape to the weather while running for governor. “As long as it’s inevitable, you might as well lie back and enjoy it,” said Clayton Williams in 1990. But the Houston Chronicle now reports that yesterday afternoon, the campaign said that the event had simply been “postponed” until later this summer:

Late Saturday afternoon, a McCain aide confirmed to the Chronicle that the Midland event had been postponed but had not been taken off the calendar. The compromise allowed McCain to say he had not held a fundraiser at Williams’ house; it gave Williams an opportunity to say that the event he organized had not been canceled.