Cain on the United Nations: I would 'shake them up'
September 17th, 2011
06:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Cain on the United Nations: I would 'shake them up'

(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.


Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • United Nations
soundoff (132 Responses)
  1. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    His poll numbers indicate that Cain has been washed away by Rick Bush along with Bachmann. What campaign?

    September 17, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  2. Larry C Wilson

    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.

    September 17, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  3. Facepalm28

    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?

    September 17, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  4. bigwilliestyles

    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.

    September 17, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  5. George

    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.

    September 17, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  6. bigwilliestyles

    Ah! More moderation! Proof positive that CNN and its blogs and contributors embrace racist censorship.

    September 17, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  7. bigwilliestyles

    Freedom of speech my azz.

    September 17, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  8. Robrob

    "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.

    September 17, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  9. don

    he has as much chance as turning white. please.

    September 17, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  10. sparky

    With what? One of your 3 page beels???

    September 17, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  11. Bill Ball

    Time for them to move to another country and sponge off them

    September 17, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  12. Joshua Ludd

    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.

    September 17, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  13. n2video2

    Herman Cain is a moron.

    September 17, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  14. Henry

    Oh, boy, another issue to raise. What is wrong with these Repukes? Nothing surprises me anymore, nothing.

    September 17, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  15. Abel

    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.

    September 17, 2011 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  16. T'sah from Virginia

    "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!!! :-)

    Obama/Biden 2012!!

    September 17, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  17. JR

    Cain is represents the worse aspect of the republican party, extremist and rather simple in his views.

    September 17, 2011 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  18. CaliforniaBC

    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?

    September 17, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  19. russinmaine

    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!

    September 17, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  20. YellowDog

    Would he require that the "rulebook" be three pages (or less) of light reading?

    September 17, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  21. tony

    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

    September 17, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  22. CBR

    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.

    September 17, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  23. s kel

    What the hell would this right wing clown do, shake it up with more toppings on his pizza?

    September 17, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  24. Bill in Florida

    Go back to making pizzas; this country is never going to elect a never-politician to the Presidency.

    September 17, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  25. mrgmorgan56

    Another big mouth with a small brain.

    September 17, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
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