(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.