Top Sanders campaign official: He speaks for 'consciousness of this country'

A top campaign official for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Campaign Report: LIVE: Trump from Gettysburg | The many unknowns of 2020 | Omar among those facing primary challenges Trump's personality is as much a problem as his performance Sierra Club endorses Biden for president  MORE told Hill.TV on Thursday that the Democratic presidential candidate not only has both the right ideas to move the U.S. forward and the courage to carry them out.

“The senator is really speaking to the consciousness of this country,” Nina Turner, co-chairwoman Sanders's presidential campaign, told Hill.TV correspondent Jamal Simmons on Thursday. 

“We need that kind of leader — somebody who not just has the right ideas, but has the courage to carry [them] through,” she added. "The senator, certainly over the years, has proven himself as somebody who will stand up and not capitulate and will be right there for the working people of this country."

Turner’s comments came just hours before the third Democratic debate in Houston.

Sanders will be one of 10 candidates on the stage, along with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he is 'seriously' considering a capital gains tax cut Why Joe Biden is in trouble Harris favored as Biden edges closer to VP pick MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Health Care: Nearly 100,000 children tested positive for coronavirus over two weeks last month | Democrats deny outreach to Trump since talks collapsed | California public health chief quits suddenly On The Money: Administration defends Trump executive orders | CBO reports skyrocketing deficit | Government pauses Kodak loan pending review Harris favored as Biden edges closer to VP pick MORE (D-Mass.).

All three are atop most national and statewide polls, often with Biden in the lead.

However, a recent HarrisX/No Labels survey found Sanders and Biden in a statistical tie in New Hampshire, a key early voting state.

The survey showed that 21 percent of likely Democratic primary voters supported Sanders, while 22 percent backed Biden, putting the two White House hopefuls within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

—Tess Bonn