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Susan Rice has said that it was the best thing for the American people that she step out of the race to be US Secretary of State.
Speaking to NBC's Brian Williams, she said:
"Today I made the decision that it was the best thing for our country, for the American people, that I not continue to be considered by the President for nomination for secretary of state.
"I didn't want to see a confirmation process that was very prolonged, very politicised and very disruptive, because there are so many things we need to get done as a country."
U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice has written about her reasons for withdrawing from the race for Secretary of State, saying "it is the right step for this country I love.
Writing for the Washington Post, Rice said:
Senator John Kerry has commented on the news that Susan Rice has quit the race to be US Secretary of State, saying that "she's an extraordinarily capable and dedicated public servant."
In a written statement, Senator Kerry significantly praised Rice, saying.
Senator Kelly Ayotte has said that she still has concerns regarding a terrorist attack in Benghazi which was widely thought to damage Susan Rice's reputation after incorrect information was released.
Senator Ayotte has been critical of Rice in the past, she said:
Pressure had been building on ambassador Susan Rice after she admitted releasing incorrect information following the September 11 attack on the American consulate in Libya.
The attack left four Americans dead, including the Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens.
Rice initially said the attack had followed protests over an anti-Islamic film, but later intelligence reports suggested a possible al-Qaeda connection.
Rice, the US Ambassador to the UN, admitted her mistake in late November, but several Republican senators said questions remained unanswered.
After Rice pulled out of the running to become Secretary of State today, Republicans vowed to continue "seeking the facts" about Benghazi.
Two Republican senators who were heavily critical and opposed Rice’s potential nomination as US Secretary of State have commented on her decision to quit the race:
The CBS White House correspondent Mark Knoller has reaction from President Obama to Susan Rice's withdrawal from the race to be the next US Secretary of State:
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The US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice announces she is withdrawing from the race to succeed Hillary Clinton as US Secretary of State.