Presidential Candidates Speak at Fire Fighters Union Conference

WASHINGTON− Nine presidential hopefuls each gave their speech to more than 1,000 fire fighters at the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) 2015 Legislative Conference on March 9-10.


On the first day of the two-day event, Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren D-Mass., addressed the crowd.


The second day consisted of a presidential forum, where potential candidates addressed a wide range of issues, from negotiations with Iran to workers’ rights to the decline of the middle class to Islamic terrorism. Candidates included six Republicans, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, who plans to run in Democratic primaries, and Democrats Martin O’Malley and Jim Webb.


Former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla., did not appear live, but sent a 15-minute video.


Presidential hopefuls who spoke included:

Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ind.-Vt.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas

Former Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va.

 Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.

Gov. George Pataki, R-N.Y

Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C.

Martin O’Malley, D-Md.