Firefighters union leader says members are drawn to Biden

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenHow Pelosi is punishing some critics while rewarding others Julián Castro calls for ‘tuition-free’ public colleges, apprenticeships Sanders to meet with staffers as he does damage control 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.

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Other possible 2020 candidates include Sens. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerGillibrand and Booker play 'How Well Do You Know Your Co-Worker' game amid 2020 speculation The Hill's Morning Report — Trump’s attorney general pick passes first test 5 takeaways from Barr’s testimony MORE (D-N.J.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandGillibrand and Booker play 'How Well Do You Know Your Co-Worker' game amid 2020 speculation O'Rourke blogs from road trip: 'Have been stuck lately. In and out of a funk' Julián Castro calls for ‘tuition-free’ public colleges, apprenticeships MORE (D-N.Y.), Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersTexas man indicted over allegations he created fraudulent campaign PACs Overnight Energy: Wheeler weathers climate criticism at confirmation hearing | Dems want Interior to stop drilling work during shutdown | 2018 was hottest year for oceans Dems offer measure to raise minimum wage to per hour MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump’s attorney general pick passes first test Sanders to meet with staffers as he does damage control Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration MORE (D-Calif.), as well as and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeFormer staffer accuses Jackson Lee of retaliation after rape claim O'Rourke blogs from road trip: 'Have been stuck lately. In and out of a funk' Beto O'Rourke: Border wall 'will ensure death' MORE (D-Texas).

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

—Tess Bonn