U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice's top Republican critics welcomed her decision her decision to remove her name from consideration for nomination as the next secretary of state while emphasizing that their concerns about the administration's handling of the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi persist.

“I respect Ambassador Rice’s decision. President Obama has many talented people to choose from to serve as our next Secretary of State," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said in a statement.