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

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Rice quits Secretary of State race

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.