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Ted Cruz: Anyone in campaign attacking a reporter would be a 'fireable offense'

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, talks with reporters before a rally at the historic Coronado Performing Arts Center Monday, March 14, 2016, in Rockford, Ill. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, talks with reporters before a rally at the historic Coronado Performing Arts Center Monday, March 14, 2016, in Rockford, Ill. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Ted Cruz says it would be a "fireable offense" for anyone in his campaign to physically assault a reporter.

The Texas senator made the comment Monday in a news conference prior to a rally in Decatur, Illinois. Cruz was asked about allegations that Donald Trump's campaign manager assaulted a reporter.

Cruz has been intensifying his anti-Trump rhetoric in recent days, also criticizing and partially blaming the outspoken billionaire for the sometimes violent atmosphere at his rallies.

Cruz says, "At the end of the day, the responsibility for any campaign rests with the candidate."

Cruz calls it a "bizarre world" in which reporters are asking if it's OK for political campaign staffers to assault journalists.

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