January 28th, 2012
03:51 PM ET
11 years ago

L.L. Bean heiress backs Paul

Freeport, Maine (CNN) - Linda Bean, an heiress to famed Maine outfitter L.L. Bean, came out in support of Ron Paul on Saturday as the candidate made a campaign swing through the state.

Bean, who is a part owner of her family's company and sits on its board, said she is a longtime supporter of the Texas congressman. She backed his 2008 presidential bid, but hasn't made a public endorsement in the current race until now.

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"I've been for Ron Paul for years," Bean said. "I watched his House races in Texas, and he's just true blue. He doesn't waver from the Constitution and I like that very much."

Bean made her endorsement at the lobster restaurant she owns in Freeport, situated across the road from L.L. Bean’s large flagship store. She singled out Paul's appeal across the political spectrum as a reason for her support.

"He's very electable, he crosses all ideological lines because of his strong message," Bean said. "He's for the gold standard. I think people want stability in this country. He's for helping America domestically, and staying out of aggressive wars. We're just spending ourselves down the drain in these countries year after year with occupation."

When asked why she wasn't supporting fellow New Englander Mitt Romney, Bean said, "I've always been for Ron Paul."

Bean ran for Congress herself in 1988 but lost the Republican primary. She ran again in 1992, winning the nomination but going on to lose the general election to Democrat Thomas Andrews.

Paul is campaigning in Maine while his rival GOP presidential candidates focus on Florida ahead of its presidential primary Tuesday. Maine holds presidential caucuses, which the state GOP recommends take place between February 4 and February 11. Some towns and municipalities, however, are holding their caucuses as early as this weekend.

Maine’s presidential preference vote, which will determine the allocation of the state’s 24 delegates, will be announced February 11.

Rather than hitting all of the early voting states, Paul’s campaign is focusing on states that hold presidential caucuses, including Maine, Nevada and Minnesota. This Tuesday, when Florida holds its primary, Paul will be in Colorado. That state holds caucuses February 7.

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soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. YKM

    For those who dislike Ron Pau. Ron Paull has integrity and is genuine. Can you say that about the other guys?

    January 29, 2012 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  2. AP

    Ron Paul will win Maine.

    January 29, 2012 04:03 am at 4:03 am |
  3. Robert R

    Political endorsements by people who are not politicians real don't say much; however, when one politician backs a another you know who is getting a favor.

    January 29, 2012 04:09 am at 4:09 am |
  4. Brian58

    It's nice to see people are finally speaking out for their support of Ron Paul, and it's nice that CNN actually reported it.

    President Paul – 2012

    January 29, 2012 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  5. Tom

    It may not matter to most people but to me it matters because this is what it takes to get CNN to write an article about Ron Paul. I would have voted for him any way but I like reading stuff like this. Thanks CNN for the nice article.

    January 29, 2012 04:20 am at 4:20 am |
  6. Angela

    She's obviously highly intelligent. One must be to arrive at this conclusion. Kudos to her for seeking -and finding the truth. Welcome aboard Linda.

    January 29, 2012 04:24 am at 4:24 am |
  7. eskAe

    Why her opinion matters more than yours is because she's an established businessperson and obviously must know at least a fair amount about economics and business infrastructure, and you are just some random noface nobody on the internet.

    January 29, 2012 05:56 am at 5:56 am |
  8. sick of republican phonies

    Obviously her opinion DOESN'T matter; CNN, note- only 3 people interested enough to comment (expressing their disinterest). ENOUGH NON-NEWS DRESSED UP AS NEWS!

    January 29, 2012 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  9. Tim

    Re: sick of republican phonies

    why does your opinion matter one infinitesimal bit?

    I'm happy to see any endorsement for Dr. Paul. Endorsements can lead to votes, votes lead to delegates, and getting delegates is how we win.

    January 29, 2012 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  10. Leslie Miller

    Linda Bean, thanks for the endorsement of Ron Paul. Hope your sales go u[up like Kelly Clarkson's album sales. I feel a win coming on.

    January 29, 2012 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  11. EndorsementsNeverMatter

    I'm voting for Ron Paul because he's the best choice for president. I don't care who endorses him.

    January 29, 2012 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  12. S

    Now there's a woman with some smarts! RON PAUL 2012!

    January 29, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  13. jennynewyear

    She is right - he is electable and he is true blue! He is obviously the only candidate with the honor and wisdom to do what is right for our country. Our whole family will be voting for Ron Paul no matter what the GOP does, the first time we've all agreed on politics, ever Ron Paul knows what we need to do to solve our woes for the long haul and he will do it.

    January 29, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  14. W.R.Washburn

    Good deal ! Thank you Ms.Bean.Ron Pauls support will have to come from the heart and soul of America. The big money industrial contributors will all stick with their old line "Owned Politicians"Big daddy WARBUCKs wants the money train to stay on track!.

    January 29, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  15. Adam

    I truly believe Dr. Paul has a shot in these caucus states. He's going to do well. It seems like he's changed his debate/speech approach, as he is a little bit more charming. I'm 22 years old with an education, and I am definitely supporting Dr. Paul because he is the only contender who is planning for my generation's future. To add, I also support his stance on shrinking government. As a teacher, I love discussing the issue of Enumerated v. Reserved powers with my students. Government has its nose in too much of our lives, and we need to give the states the power to deal with controversial and privacy issues.

    January 29, 2012 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  16. diridi

    How about Lands end, Joe A bank, or Charles Tyrwhitt, etc, ha..ha..ha..ha...sears, jcpenny, Macy's....ha.

    January 29, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  17. Errm

    Sooooo, does that mean she's going to stop IMPORTING all their clothes from China??? I'm serious. Look at their catalog. Everything is "made in China".

    January 29, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
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