BARBOUR: Well, I mean, the way the press has made a big deal of the previous debates, obviously, that means the stakes are higher. I'm not sure every voter is struck the same way, but the press coverage, the prism is the prism through which voters see candidates. And when somebody is not very well known and the press keeps saying they did badly, they did badly, they did badly, it matters. So the stakes are high.
AMANPOUR: Governor, thank you very much, indeed.
Is it just the press coverage, Peggy and Matt? Or does the governor really need to -- to pull something out of the hat on Tuesday?
NOONAN: Governor Perry? Oh, he started off unsteady at a time when people are looking for steady. Interestingly enough, debates, presidential nominating debates, are often sort of extraneous and not that interesting in life. This year, the Republican debates have done their job. That's where Perry had trouble. That's where he made a bad impression.
DOWD: His faltering and Cain's rising is directly related to the debates.
AMANPOUR: All right. And this roundtable will continue in the green room at abcnews.com. And when we return, a story of bravery and valor from the front lines of America's longest war.
AMANPOUR: This week marks the 10th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. And for the last year, ABC's Mike Boettcher has been embedded with American units along the border with Pakistan. The 25th Infantry Division has seen heavy combat along the Pech River Valley in northeastern Afghanistan and to the south, in the province of Paktika.
Mike Boettcher spent time with the famed Currahee Brigade, an infantry unit that's celebrated for its World War II heroism. And we begin there with this modern-day Band of Brothers.
BOETTCHER (voice-over): It's early on a Sunday morning. Easy Company is in trouble. And so am I. Outside a mountain village near the Pakistan border, we walked into a Taliban ambush. Bullets are coming at us from three sides. One bullet heads straight towards the camera, deflected at the last second by a piece of wood.
(UNKNOWN): Get over here!
BOETTCHER: But Easy fights back. The Taliban retreats, and somehow no one is killed or wounded. They are, after all, the successors of the legendary E Company, 101st Airborne, immortalized in the "Band of Brothers." In their piece of Afghanistan, Easy walks everywhere to avoid the constant threat of roadside bombs.
Sergeant Max Brown (ph) knows firsthand what a homemade bomb can do.
BROWN (ph): It's like a shooting pain...
BOETTCHER: He feels it every time he takes a step.
BROWN (ph): You can see this bruise here. It's kind of like where the metal still is in my leg. And then that was the big entry point. But the pain will start here, and then it'll just go all the way down my leg as I walk.
BOETTCHER: On this particular mission, we walk 10 miles through those mountains and have to return 10 miles. And some of the soldiers in Easy Company say, in 11 months, they have walked more than 1,000 miles.
HANSEN: They've done what other people said was impossible. And that's -- and that's not a hyperbole; I mean, that's the truth.
BOETTCHER: Soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division were sent back to this base in the dangerous Pech River Valley only a few weeks after they turned it over to the Afghan army. More than a dozen Afghan officers deserted Nangalong Base (ph) when the Americans left.