Steele: “The bell is gonna ring”

GLEN ALLEN, Va. — Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele told a crowd of supporters Thursday that what happens here next week will reflect on the strength of the national party.

“Tuesday is a bellweather,” Steele said. “And the bell is gonna ring for Tim Kaine and Barack Obama.”

In his first of several stops on behalf of the state GOP ticket, Steele rallied about a hundred supporters at a breakfast just outside Richmond.

He urged the crowd to work harder to elect gubernatorial nominee Bob McDonnell and the rest of the party’s slate. McDonnell is leading Democrat Creigh Deeds by as much as 18 points in recent polls.

Video: Steele talks to NBC29

Asked to respond to Steele’s comments, Deeds said this race was about Virginia.

“I don’t put much stock in anything Michael Steele says,” Deeds told me.

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