Firefighters union leader says members are drawn to Biden

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenJulián Castro calls for ‘tuition-free’ public colleges, apprenticeships Sanders to meet with staffers as he does damage control Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration 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 John TrumpESPN's Stephen A. Smith: Trump serving fast food to Clemson team was 'disgraceful' and 'classless' Senate Dems introduce legislation to back-pay low-wage contractors Budowsky: Senate must protect Mueller from Barr, President Trump MORE.

Other possible 2020 candidates include Sens. Cory BookerCory Anthony Booker5 takeaways from Barr’s testimony Booker presses Barr on impact of mass incarceration on black Americans Barr: I wouldn't go after businesses relying on Obama-era marijuana policy MORE (D-N.J.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandBrown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Gillibrand announces exploratory committee to run for president on Colbert Hopes fade for bipartisan bills in age of confrontation MORE (D-N.Y.), Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBrown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Gillibrand announces exploratory committee to run for president on Colbert Dem chairman Cummings meets with Trump health chief to discuss drug prices 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'RourkeNew Hampshire is ‘must-win’ state for Warren, says veteran political reporter Democratic dark horses could ride high in 2020 Julián Castro announces 2020 White House bid, swipes at Trump MORE (D-Texas).

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

—Tess Bonn