Republican presidential candidate Ted CruzTed CruzGOP wrestles with soaring deductibles in healthcare bill Cruz: Tax reform chances ‘drop significantly’ if healthcare fails Ex-CBO directors defend against GOP attacks on ObamaCare analysis MORE said if Corey Lewandowski worked for him, he would ask the campaign manager to resign.

"Of course," Cruz said in response to the question by Anderson Cooper during a CNN town hall Tuesday on whether he'd ask the embattled aide to resign.

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"It shouldn't be complicated that members of the campaign staff should not be physically assaulting the press," he said. "That shouldn't be a complicated decision."

Lewandowski, Donald TrumpDonald TrumpPro-Trump group protests CNN coverage NY Times rips Spicer in goodbye editorial NSA chief: Now is 'not the best time' for US-Russia cyber unit MORE's campaign manager, has been charged with simple battery for allegedly grabbing the arm of former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields during a press conference earlier this month.

Cruz said Tuesday night that what happened was "consistent with the pattern of the Trump campaign."

"The culture of the campaign has been a campaign built on attacks, on insults, and I think there is no place in politics for insults, for personal attacks, for going to the gutter," he said, repeating an earlier attack, "and there should be no place for physical violence."