9:22 pm, Thu 13 Dec 2012 Rice quits Secretary of State race
Republican senators: Respect Rice's decision
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:
I respect Ambassador Rice's decision.
President Obama has many talented people to choose from to serve as our next Secretary of State.
When it comes to Benghazi I am determined to find out what happened - before, during, and after the attack.
Unfortunately, the White House and other agencies are stonewalling when it comes to providing the relevant information.
I find this unacceptable.
The story of Benghazi is a story of national security failure and we must work to prevent it from ever happening again.
– Senator Lindsey Graham
Senator McCain thanks Ambassador Rice for her service to the country and wishes her well.
He will continue to seek all the facts about what happened before, during and after the attack on our consulate in Benghazi that killed four brave Americans.
– Senator John McCain's office
9:16 pm, Thu 13 Dec 2012 Rice quits Secretary of State race
Rice: 'Position of Secretary of State should never be politicised'
Susan Rice's letter to President Obama
Credit: NBC News
You can read the letter in full at NBC News.
9:04 pm, Thu 13 Dec 2012 Rice quits Secretary of State race
Kerry now favourite to succeed Clinton
Robert Moore - Washington Correspondent
As Susan Rice withdraws her name, the way is now open for Senator John Kerry to "report for duty" as America's next Secretary of State.
9:00 pm, Thu 13 Dec 2012 Rice quits Secretary of State race
Obama: 'Susan will continue to serve as UN ambassador'
Today, I spoke to Ambassador Susan Rice, and accepted her decision to remove her name from consideration for Secretary of State.
I am grateful that Susan will continue to serve as our Ambassador at the United Nations and a key member of my cabinet and national security team, carrying her work forward on all of these and other issues.
I have every confidence that Susan has limitless capability to serve our country now and in the years to come, and know that I will continue to rely on her as an advisor and friend.
– President Obama
While I deeply regret the unfair and misleading attacks on Susan Rice in recent weeks, her decision demonstrates the strength of her character, and an admirable commitment to rise above the politics of the moment to put our national interests first.
– President Obama
8:56 pm, Thu 13 Dec 2012 Rice quits Secretary of State race
Report: Obama accepts Rice's decision
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:
8:51 pm, Thu 13 Dec 2012 Rice quits Secretary of State race
Report: Rice withdraws from US Secretary of State race
Susan Rice is the current US ambassador to the UN
The US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice has told NBC News she is withdrawing from the race to succeed Hillary Clinton as US Secretary of State.
8:00 pm, Wed 12 Dec 2012 North Koreans celebrate launch
US: N Korea must see that violating UN resolutions has consequences
The US ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, has tweeted her expectations that the United Nations must act on its condemnation of North Korea for its rocket launch: