Firefighters union leader says members are drawn to Biden

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenKamala Harris picks Baltimore as headquarters for potential 2020 campaign: report Congress should elevate those trapped in the gap – support ELEVATE Act Sen. Casey says he won't run for president in 2020 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 BookerOcasio-Cortez returns to 'The Late Show' on Monday We need action on personal cybersecurity Gillibrand and Booker play 'How Well Do You Know Your Co-Worker' game amid 2020 speculation MORE (D-N.J.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandKamala Harris picks Baltimore as headquarters for potential 2020 campaign: report Dem voters split on importance of women atop the ticket in 2020 Gillibrand touted work to hasten 'removal of illegal aliens' in 2008 mailer: report MORE (D-N.Y.), Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersKamala Harris picks Baltimore as headquarters for potential 2020 campaign: report Sen. Casey says he won't run for president in 2020 Women's March plans 'Medicare for All' day of lobbying in DC MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisKamala Harris picks Baltimore as headquarters for potential 2020 campaign: report Ocasio-Cortez returns to 'The Late Show' on Monday Ocasio-Cortez's first House floor speech becomes C-SPAN's most-viewed Twitter video MORE (D-Calif.), as well as and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeEx-Michelle Obama aide says O'Rourke's road trip is a 'listening tour' in form of a travel blog Howard Dean looking for a 'younger, newer' Democratic nominee in 2020 Former staffer accuses Jackson Lee of retaliation after rape claim MORE (D-Texas).

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

—Tess Bonn