Even if he truly wants to? From Bear Creek believes Biden has to, with disastrous results
I think dodging the debates will hurt the Groper Joe campaign more than in “some circles.” I think it will hurt him with a large number of voters. It’s an admission of weakness, and an admission that this old dotard is just not up to the task. If his campaign people are not completely incompetent (and this assumes facts not in evidence) they have to know that the President will be looking for ways to punch Groper Joe’s buttons, to upset and distract him and to provoke a meltdown. But withdrawing from a tradition of debate that goes back at least to the Lincoln/Douglas debates will hurt even more.
Go read it all. I know not debating would really hurt Biden. I bet his handlers know this too. But I would imagine trying to debate would do even more damage. To use a baseball analogy, Joe just does not have his best stuff any more. And his handlers have no good options