US Senator Ted Cruz(R-TX) announces his candidacy for the Republican nomination to run for US president March 23, 2015 at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.  Pledging to renew America's promise, ultra-conservative US Senator Ted Cruz launched his White House quest on Monday, effectively kick-starting the 2016 presidential race.    AFP PHOTO/PAUL J. RICHARDS / AFP / PAUL J. RICHARDS        (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)