If Jim was the one backing out of forums I know Archpundit and Hiram wouldn’t let it go without a comment (and rightfully so).
It’s true I’m sure I have taunted a candidate or two on this, but I largely see debates about debates to be kind of pointless, especially with this short of a timeline. If you have several months before an election such events can be kind of useful, but this close out, they don’t do much when you could be doing more effective voter contact. So if I’m ranting about a debate about debates, you know I’m being disingenuous.
Foster doesn’t do well in such events from what I can tell because he is bad at making quick points–not unlike Obama was at one time.