Republican presidential candidate Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSunday Talk Shows: Lawmakers look ahead to House vote on articles of impeachment, Senate trial The Hill's Campaign Report: 2020 Democrats trading jabs ahead of Los Angeles debate Senate Republicans air complaints to Trump administration on trade deal 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.


"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 John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' 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."