Bush Hopes to Unify GOP in Michigan

By Bruce Sullivan | July 7, 2008 | 8:25 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - Following his substantial primary victory in South Carolina, George W Bush said Sunday that his goal is to bring Republican voters in Michigan together, as well as conservative Democrats and independents, for that state's Tuesday GOP primary.

"I'm going to do the best job I can of uniting our party," said Bush on Fox News Sunday.

Bush added that he welcomes "conservative independents and conservative Democrats if they so choose to come in to [the Republican] primary."

In the wake of his win in South Carolina, where he beat Arizona Senator John McCain 53 to 42 percent, Bush said that he is an "optimist" who can generate interest among all types of Republicans.

"A lot of young people came out to the polls... and supported me in big numbers. And they did so because I'm an optimistic person, and they heard that optimistic message," Bush said.

Conservative radio talk show host Alan Keyes received five percent of the vote in the South Carolina Republican primary.

Bush said that if he wins the GOP presidential nomination his next task will be to unite the whole Republican Party.

"Once this is over, my job will be to unite the party, and I'm going to do so," said Bush. "I've got a really good chance to bring our party to victory."

Following Tuesday's primaries in Michigan and Arizona, the GOP campaign shifts to Virginia and North Dakota who have primaries on Feb. 29. Then, on March 7, California, New York, Ohio and a dozen other states hold primaries on what has been dubbed "Super Tuesday."