COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Jeb Bush's presidential ambitions ended tearfully Saturday in South Carolina, which prompted his rivals and supporters alike to praise him for how he carried out his campaign and brought it to a close when he no longer had a way forward. At least one of his longtime detractors was not so gracious.
Here's a compilation of what they had to say:
Presidential rival and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio
I also a few moments ago got to see on television -- I have not had a chance to speak to him yet -- Governor Bush and his announcement. I have an incredible affection and admiration not just for Governor Bush but for his family and for their service to our country.
Jeb Bush has many things to be proud of. He is an extraordinary husband. He's an extraordinary father. He was the greatest governor in the history of Florida.
And I believe, and I pray that his service to our country has not yet ended. And I thank Jeb Bush for everything he did for the state of Florida and for running a campaign based on ideas. And I pray for him and his family tonight as they move forward in other endeavors in their life.
Presidential rival and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz
Governor Jeb Bush was an extraordinary governor of Florida. His record of job creation and education innovation left a lasting legacy for millions of Floridians. And he brought skill, optimism, and passion to this race.
"Governor Bush focused on policy and ideas, and he brought candor, dignity, and honor to the race. I congratulate him on a hard-fought campaign and wish him and his wonderful family all the best.
Right to Rise USA, the super PAC backing Bush
We could not be more proud of Jeb Bush, the campaign he ran, and the hopeful and optimistic message of conservative reform that he communicated throughout this primary. Our team is grateful to the more than 11,000 Jeb Bush supporters who helped us in our efforts.
We are ceasing our activities in support of Governor Bush's nomination.
Former President George W. Bush
Tonight I talked to my brother and congratulated him on his campaign for the Presidency. I told Jeb how proud I am of him and his staff for running a campaign that looked to the future, presented serious policy proposals, and elevated the tone of the race. Jeb's decision to suspend his campaign reflects his selfless character and patriotism. I was moved by Jeb's concession speech. Laura and I are proud of Jeb and Columba for the character and class they brought to this important campaign.
U.s. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli
Jeb Bush is an incredible leader in the Republican Party and served with tremendous distinction as Florida’s Governor for eight years. In this time of great unrest in our country, Jeb Bush's record of success offered great hope for America's future. I was proud to support Governor Bush in his campaign for President of the United States because of his record of cutting taxes, creating jobs, reforming education, supporting our Second Amendment rights, and commitment to protecting the sanctity of life. While I am deeply saddened by the suspension of his campaign, I commend Governor Bush for his courage to stand as a candidate to be the Republican nominee for President and his service to our country.
Andy Ford, former president of the Florida Education Association teachers union