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SILVER CREEK, N.Y. -- After the Whistle Stop Tour made a stop in Albany, N.Y., where Sen. Clinton boarded the train to talk to GMA's Diane Sawyer about the Democratic ticket and her thoughts on Gov. Palin, the ABC News team is heading to Ohio after a brief stop in Pennsylvania. But, first, those on board had a quick moment to get off the train in Western New York State. Check out my video blog from day two for more nuggets from Clinton and a look at how the crisis on Wall Street is effecting local voters in New York.

SILVER CREEK, N.Y. -- Here in the far western portion of New York State, with lush vineyards around us, the "Good Morning America" crew recreated the classic grape-stomping scene from "I Love Lucy."

Some residents, meanwhile, are still talking about the economy -- and how they're ready to stomp out the old.

But we're finding again that the definition of "change," well, changes.

History Is Not Enough, Says Clinton, Urging Support for Obama-Biden Ticket

Sen. Hillary Clinton, who came close to making history as the first female presidential nominee, concedes that Gov. Sarah Palin has created a lot of excitement as a possible history-making first female vice president.

Palin's presence on the Republican ticket has drawn Sen. John McCain into a dead heat with the Democratic ticket of Sens. Barack Obama and Joe Biden, fueled largely by a surge in support among white women.

"A lot of people are missing the boat here," Clinton told ABC News' Diane Sawyer, aboard the "Good Morning America" Whistle-Stop Express.

Watch Wednesday's exclusive interview with Sen. John McCain and Cindy McCain aboard "Good Morning America's" Whistle Stop Express starting at 7 a.m. ET

Palin has generated a great deal of interest, Clinton acknowledged, but added, "That's not a good enough reason to vote for that ticket. There's a lot of talk in the country about who are you for in this election, but that's not the right question. The right question is, who is for you."

Clinton suggested that the McCain-Palin team doesn't understand "the struggles you face."

"So I don't think it's inconsistent for a lot of people to say well hey, that's exciting, what an exciting pick, and still say, but that's not the ticket for me and my family," she said.

An angry Sen. John McCain indicated today that as president he would launch a 9/11-commission style investigation into what he called "the old-boy network and Washington corruption" that created the current Wall Street crisis and has endangered peoples' savings and retirement funds.

McCain and his White House rival Sen. Barack Obama traded furious accusations and charges Tuesday on the economy as both campaigns jostled for position on the unfolding financial meltdown.

The economy had already been established as the No. 1 issue for voters, but the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, the fire sale of Merrill Lynch, and the desperate efforts of American International Group to avoid collapse has rattled Main Street as well as Wall Street.

Watch Wednesday's exclusive interview with Sen. John McCain and Cindy McCain aboard "Good Morning America's" Whistle Stop Express starting at 7 a.m. ET

The future of AIG, the country's largest insurance company, hung in the balance Tuesday. Its stock dropped 61 percent since Monday and the federal government ruled out any taxpayer rescue. McCain said Tuesday he agreed with the decision of the federal government to not intervene with AIG saying taxpayers should not be "on the hook" for AIG's problems.

"We cannot have the taxpayers bail out AIG or anybody else. This is something that we're going to have to work through," he said.

McCain's stance on the economy has been under attack from Democrats since he released an ad Monday that said the economy was in crisis, but later gave a speech saying the "fundamentals of our economy are strong." He defended himself Tuesday and laced into a denunciation of corporate greed.

"I said the fundamental of our economy is the American worker. I know that the American worker is the strongest, the best, and most productive and most innovative," McCain, R-Ariz., told ABC's Chris Cuomo on "Good Morning America" Tuesday.

"They've been betrayed by a casino on Wall Street of greedy, corrupt excess -- corruption and excess that has damaged them and their futures," he added.

The phrase "classic television" gets thrown around a lot these days, especially since "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" landed a spot on Nick at Night. But there is one scene from one show that will forever be the definition of the term: Lucile Ball stomping grapes on "I Love Lucy."

The "GMA" gang tries its hand at stomping grapes.
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In an effort to recreate that iconic scene, the "GMA" "Whistle-Stop '08 Tour" stopped off at a vineyard in Silver Creek, New York to try their hand, or foot, at grape stomping.

When the train pulled up and stopped, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, it took me a little while to realize that what I was looking at out the window were rows upon rows of grape vines and in the distance, just before the horizon, Lake Erie sparkled. I had no idea the North could be so, well, pretty.

Here's the scene from about twenty minutes ago: Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, Chris Cuomo, political reporter and The Note author Rick Klein, a camera man and myself packed into Sam Champion's tiny train bedroom with a bewildered Sam Champion squeezed into a corner.

Sam Champion
Sam Champion joined the "GMA" gang at Niagara Falls and got a real surprise.
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"We're really three to a room?" he asked wide-eyed.

"Yup, and you've got top bunk," Rick said without cracking a smile that I was desperately trying to hide.

A Death-Defying Stunt, but Is Anyone Paying Attention?

It's very early in the morning aboard the "GMA" Whistle-Stop '08 Tour train, and Chris Cuomo is cool.

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"GMA" anchor Chris Cuomo was tethered by a harness -- just in case -- above Niagara Falls.
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Not cool like James Dean cool (although that's debatable), but cool like Tiger Woods on the 18th hole at the Masters cool. And he needs to be.

Today we're headed to Niagara Falls, N.Y., for what I've been told are breathtaking views and a few major surprises, including a life-threatening, death-defying, insanity-inspired stunt that is only now being slightly overhyped.

They really don't tell me much, but I do know that at some point Chris' life could literally be on the line and that he'll get a view of the falls few people get, save those that have been over in a barrel.

Here over the river -- with half of our train over American waters, half over Canadian waters -- is as good a place as any to consider one little-told border story.

The Canadian side here -- like much of Canada's economy -- is booming. High gas prices are actually good news for many in Canada, an oil-exporting nation where the dollar is strong and jobs are growing.

New York pollster Lee Miringoff thought there would be two hot poll questions for New Yorkers this fall:

1. Which presidential candidate from New York would carry the state in November, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton or former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani?

2. Whom should Gov. Eliot Spitzer appoint to the Senate to fill Clinton's term if she goes to the White House?

To say things didn't work that way is one of the great understatements of modern New York politics.

Clinton lost the Democratic nominating contest to Barack Obama. Former GOP front-runner Giuliani failed to win a single Republican primary or caucus despite spending tens of millions of dollars.

Tune into GMA Tuesday 7 a.m. EST for an exclusive interview with Sen. Hillary Clinton

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Weighing in on Gov. Sarah Palin's impact on the presidential race, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton says in an interview to be broadcast Tuesday 7 a.m. EST on Good Morning America that she has full confidence in Sen. Joe Biden as Sen. Barack Obama's running mate, praising his knowledge of the economy and world affairs.

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Asked to respond to Palin's assertion that she thinks Obama is "regretting not picking [Clinton] now" -- with many former Clinton supporters now saying they will support the McCain-Palin ticket -- Clinton demurred, saying she's excited to campaign for Obama and Biden.

Watch Good Morning America's Exclusive Interview with Sen. Hillary Clinton at 7 a.m. Eastern.

"We have a great Democratic vice-presidential candidate," Clinton told ABC's Diane Sawyer, aboard the "Good Morning America" "Whistle-Stop Express." "Joe Biden is a friend of mine. He's been a strong leader both on issues here at home when it comes to the economy and stresses on middle class working families, and he understands the strategic challenges that we face around the world. So I'm very happy going out campaigning as hard as I can for both Barack and Joe."

It's a pleasant day outside today -- in the upper 70s in Upstate New York -- but there's an issue that's picked up some mentions in the local papers the last few days: winter home-heating costs.

gas in winter

It will be winter's double-wallop: For people struggling to pay their bills, one particular bill is going to be as much as 25 percent higher than last year, according to the Center for American Progress.

LIHEAP -- the federal Low-Income Heating Assistant Program -- is designed to help. It sparks a perennial battle in Congress (fiscal conservatives and warm-state lawmakers tend to be less friendly to the federal subsidy) that almost always ends in some kind of compromise.

Almost. For this winter, after years of cutbacks, no money has been pumped into the federal pipeline. Without federal action, the program is done.

It's an issue that's among very many that fuels local anger toward Congress: People want their LIHEAP, just like they want their Medicare, say, and resent the inaction. An issue worth tracking in both local and federal races going into the fall.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- There's a certain charm to confusion in that when you don't know exactly what's going on, you're sometimes pleasantly surprised.

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Such was the case just now in Albany, New York when we stopped momentarily and, much to my surprise, Sen. Hillary Clinton boarded the train.

She boarded straight through the "Good Morning America" offices where I was fiddling with footage from earlier today, walking not ten feet away from me.

Tune in to "Good Morning America" tomorrow to see Diane Sawyer's full interview with Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Eyes wide but hands at the ready, I grabbed for my camera. Luckily Cleo, a much better photographer, beat me to it and snapped a few pictures.

What Hillary and Diane talked about is top secret and not to be released until tomorrow's show, but I've got my sources and I do know that Diane asked if Hillary was secretly pulling for Palin to break the now-famous "glass ceiling."

Tomorrow morning "Good Morning America" will air that answer along with full interview with the former presidential candidate.

After her interview with Diane was finished, Hillary chatted with the other anchors and then they all came out of the train together to meet "GMA" fans and Clinton supporters on the station platform.

Sporting her usual sophisticated pantsuit ??? light blue this time ??? Hillary made her way through the crowd and waved to more fans that were further away behind fences.

In the back of some of their minds must be a question that has been commented on recently by both Sarah Palin and Joe Biden ??? Would the election be different if Obama had chosen her for VP?

But just like that she was off and so were we. Now I'm back to fumbling with my camera and preparing for our next stop.

What will happen there? It's likely to surprise me as much as you.

I mean, they just said over the loud speaker, "In the next leg we will be going 100 miles per hour. We've never done that before. Hold on."

What can I do? I hang on.

Watch the exclusive interview with Sen. Clinton Tuesday on "GMA."

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Here in New York State, the financial crisis on Wall Street is a critical local issue in a different way than it matters nationally. Here, Wall Street is Main Street -- or, at least, one of them.

And Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's message on Monday: "Everybody should be concerned," she told reporters in Albany after a quick stop aboard GMA's "Whistle-Stop Express."

"Obviously here in New York we have the special concern of the thousands of jobs that are at risk," said Clinton, D-N.Y. "Now we're in the crisis, and we all have to be smart and focused on how we're going to get ourselves out of it."

"I'm very concerned about the impact on New York -- we're going to see a drop in revenues in government, for the city, for actually all the jurisdictions around New York City," she added. "The job loss is something I'm worried about. So we're just going to have to do the best we can to make up for what wasn't done, and frankly a real failure of leadership and oversight."

Clinton's exclusive interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer will air Tuesday on "Good Morning America."

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton -- with entourage, and Secret Service contingent -- just boarded the train here in Albany, for her sit-down with Diane Sawyer. We're in her home state -- so in a sense, we came to her.

Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., suspended her campaign for the Democratic nomination and endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., on June 7, 2008, at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.
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Sen. Hillary Clinton's supporters might be singing the blues but they can still be counted on to vote Democratic come November. New York's 31 electoral votes should be a safe bet for Sen. Barack Obama, despite his 17-point loss there to New York Sen. Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primary.

Still, Obama's margin of victory over Sen. John McCain in New York could be a good, early indicator on election day of how willing Clinton supporters are to forgive and forget and align behind the Democratic nominee.

McCain has little chance of making significant in-roads within this reliably Democratic knot of voters, though his victory in the state during the Republican primaries was strong. In 1984, Ronald Reagan was the last Republican presidential candidate to win New York.

ABC News heads to New York on Sept. 16, 2008. Check back then to see what voters there are saying!

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