(CNN) - Two days before the United Nations General Assembly meets in New York, GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain said he would change the rules at the U.N. if he becomes president.
"My approach to the United Nations would be to shake them up," Cain said firmly on Saturday at a town hall in South Carolina.
The former CEO of Godfather's Pizza, who's struggling to break into the double-digits in national polls as a 2012 candidate, charged the organization with not giving America "its due," considering the amount of money it receives from the U.S.
According to the U.N.'s budget for 2011, the U.S. was the largest contributor with close to $583 million in member fees.
"I'm not ready to end it at this point, but I am ready to make sure that we get a bigger voice in the decisions that need to be made," said Cain.
The White House hopeful recalled a conversation he had with an unnamed former ambassador, who said there were ways to "create a hurricane" at the United Nations and restructure the rules.
"And I said my name is Cain," said the Republican. "So I'm all prepared for a hurricane."
While not a key topic of discussion in the 2012 presidential race, the issue over U.S. partnership with the United Nations has long been a concern among conservative Republicans.
Many in the GOP criticize the United Nations as an ineffective entity and argue that American involvement denotes a significant threat to national sovereignty.
Proponents of the U.N. say the organization is a necessary force to aid in peacekeeping and international development.
The 66th session of the General Assembly begins Monday, with Palestinians expecting to make headlines by applying for full membership.
His poll numbers indicate that Cain has been washed away by Rick Bush along with Bachmann. What campaign?
The original idea was for the U.S. and the other Permanent Members of the Security Council to rule the world. Thanks to the Cold War, it didn't work out that way. Of course, the decolonization of the world didn't help much either.
So...the big, bad U.S. is going to go it alone and be the sole arbiter of world decisions, that's his plan? Why is this hack even running?
I repeat: is it possible, in the ultimate infinity of the universe, that there is anyone more deluded than Herman Cain? He brings to mind Dave Chappelle's 'Clayton Bigsby' character. What a loon.
GOPers need to learn that 'no nation is an island unto its sovereign self." This my-way-or-the-highway I'm-the-VIP mentality is not only internationally immature in terms of realpolitik but also is blatantly neo-imperialistic. Par for the Teapublican course.
Ah! More moderation! Proof positive that CNN and its blogs and contributors embrace racist censorship.
Freedom of speech my azz.
"charged the organization with not giving America "its due," considering the amount of money it receives from the U.S."
The countries who give more (because they can) should get preferential treatment? How enlightened.
he has as much chance as turning white. please.
With what? One of your 3 page beels???
Time for them to move to another country and sponge off them
So, Cain basically considers the UN an organization that should be open to being bribed? After all, when you complain that you aren't getting your due based on how much money you give them, what is that but a bribe? The UN doesn't provide services or consensus based on how much money you give, Mr. Cain.
Herman Cain is a moron.
Oh, boy, another issue to raise. What is wrong with these Repukes? Nothing surprises me anymore, nothing.
I know Herman Cain likes to spout catch phrases and make the Teabaggers feel a little bit less vehement about their racism but this guy is more clueless than Obama. His whole campaign is about raising his profile enough to get a show on Fox News.
"And I said my name is Cain,"
said the RepubliCAIN
"So I'm all prepared…
for a hurricane."
I’m NOT LAME – nor INSANE
Just a little ahead of others
In my GAME!!!
But it’s too bad
And it’s too sad
Poll numbers hurt me so much
I need a heating pad!!! :-)
Cain is represents the worse aspect of the republican party, extremist and rather simple in his views.
So Herman here thinks the more money a country puts into the UN, the more power they should have. Basically, countries should BUY their UN power and influence.
Uh huh...along the same lines it sounds like Herman agrees with the concept of monetary influence on politics. Maybe someone needs to ask Herman how much it takes to buy him. How much will it take to buy President Cain?
I admire the mans intelligence and straight forward honesty. To bad he had not been given the honor of being the first American black president, things would have been so much better in this nation right now, and there would be no stigma created as is the case with Obama!
Would he require that the "rulebook" be three pages (or less) of light reading?
So the GOP thinks we should be able to "buy" the UN and then force all other countries to our will? Sounds like GOP policies are consistent across the board
An unknown, Mr. Cain, expects to make changes at the U.N. all while making big changes int he U.S.A. to effectively get the budget crisis and unemployment problems resolved. It is fine to make bold statements while running for president. It is far more difficult to make these ideas into policy or laws. The U.N. will not yield so easily to Mr. Cain. Many countries do notknow him let alone trust him to make over the U.N. A bit of grandstanding I would think.
What the hell would this right wing clown do, shake it up with more toppings on his pizza?
Go back to making pizzas; this country is never going to elect a never-politician to the Presidency.
Another big mouth with a small brain.