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Firefighters union leader says members are drawn to Biden

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFederal Reserve chair: Economy would have been 'so much worse' without COVID-19 relief bills Biden to meet Monday with bipartisan lawmakers about infrastructure Jill Biden gives shout out to Champ, Major on National Pet Day MORE is exactly the kind of presidential candidate that members of a prominent firefighters union would support in 2020, according to the head of the International Association of Fire Fighters.

“We have a lot of faith and we’ve had a great relationship over several decades with the former vice president, Joe Biden,” Harold Schaitberger told Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball said Thursday on “Rising.”

“While he is making that decision, we are watching that very carefully because I will say that he does fit the philosophy, the ideology, the pragmatic approach to our political arena and our members are drawn to that kind of candidate,” Schaitberger said.

He added that the union's members span the political spectrum and that they reflect the “exact definition of the political landscape in our nation.” He added that most members are looking for middle-of-the-road candidates, and that Biden fits the bill.

“We have Democrats, Republicans, independents. We have conservatives, some progressives, but predominately down the middle lane and they look to associate themselves with candidates in that lane more times than not,” Schaitberger said.

Biden is considered a likely frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic nomination and has topped polls comparing potential candidates.

At an event in Montana last month, Biden said he believes he is the "most qualified person in the country to be president." He appears to be in the final stages of making a decision on whether to run.

The New York Times reported on Sunday that he'll likely make an official announcement within the next two weeks.

Biden has reportedly confided in those close to him that he doesn’t think other potential Democratic contenders could beat President TrumpDonald TrumpGaetz was denied meeting with Trump: CNN Federal Reserve chair: Economy would have been 'so much worse' without COVID-19 relief bills Police in California city declare unlawful assembly amid 'white lives matter' protest MORE.

Other possible 2020 candidates include Sens. Cory BookerCory BookerThe first Southern state legalizes marijuana — what it means nationally Top Democrat calling for expansion of child care support When it comes to the Iran nuclear deal, what's a moderate Democrat to do? MORE (D-N.J.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Gillibrand2024 GOP White House hopefuls lead opposition to Biden Cabinet Manhattan law firm named as lead in Cuomo impeachment investigation Senate Democrats call on DHS for details on response to Portland protests MORE (D-N.Y.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden's policies are playing into Trump's hands Hillicon Valley: Amazon wins union election — says 'our employees made the choice' On The Money: Biden .5T budget proposes major hike in social programs | GOP bashes border, policing provisions MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden to meet Monday with bipartisan lawmakers about infrastructure Pelosi planned on retiring until Trump won election: report How Kamala Harris can find the solution for the migration crisis MORE (D-Calif.), as well as and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke clarifies remarks, leaves door open to gubernatorial bid O'Rourke says he's not planning on run for Texas governor O'Rourke slams Cruz for video of border visit MORE (D-Texas).

If Biden decides to run, it would mark his third White House bid.

—Tess Bonn