I doubt McCain is ashamed of his record nor is he hiding from it.
IMO he’s playing strategy, nothing more, nothing less.
I wouldn’t expect any candidate with a 20 point lead to accept a debate, let alone one with a slim lead and facing a lot of anti incumbent sentiment.
Of course the challenger calls it cowardice...until he’s the entrenched incumbent! LOL
“I doubt McCain is ashamed of his record nor is he hiding from it.”
I never said he’s ashamed of it. He might be (privately) proud of it, but he’s definitely hiding from it. He’s so serious about hiding from it that he’s abandoning much of it and doing a major flip/flop and pretending to be for tough border enforcement.
He’s actually trying to make much of his past record on immigration disappear from the voters. And that’s why he’s a coward and refuses to debate JD so far. JD will bring his record out into the open before a major audience of the voters.