Quotes on the withdrawal of Harriet Miers' nomination to the Supreme Court:

``I write to withdraw as a nominee to serve as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. ... I am concerned that the confirmation process presents a burden for the White House and our staff that is not in the best interest of the country.'' _ Harriet Miers.

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``Today, I have reluctantly accepted Harriet Miers' decision to withdraw her nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States.'' _ President George W. Bush.

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``This is a sad episode.'' _ Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., who had said on Oct. 11 that it would be ``a sign of incredible weakness'' if Bush withdrew the nomination.

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``The radical right wing of the Republican Party killed the Harriet Miers nomination.'' _ Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada.

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``I expect a nominee quickly ... within days.'' _ Senate Republican Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee.

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``I'm not surprised and it shows the maturity of the party. They wanted a clear nominee.'' _ Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., one of the most vocal conservative critics of Miers in the Senate.

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``The trouble is, the more we learned about Harriet Miers .... the more it was clear that this was not the right job for her,'' Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

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``In a month, who will remember the name Harriet Miers?'' _ Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss.

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``I hate to see a woman go down this way. I really, really do.'' _ Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the only woman on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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``Politics must not undermine the principles and standards we apply to every judicial nomination.'' _ Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

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``When his party turned on him, he was in trouble and she was in trouble.'' _ Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.