PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Texas Gov. George W. Bush swept confidently into town Wednesday to collect the Republican presidential nomination, telling a cheering crowd, ``If all goes well, you're looking at the next president of the United States.''

He said he was eager to join the Republican National Convention, saying that it was sending ``such a positive and hopeful message'' to America. ``We can't wait to share in the celebration with y'all.''

The arrival ceremony was steeped in patriotism. Bush did his part by ringing a replica of the Liberty Bell.