Cain on the United Nations: I would 'shake them up'
September 17th, 2011
06:00 PM ET
12 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.

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soundoff (132 Responses)
  1. lefty avenger

    Isn't one wacky clown enough?

    September 18, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. Byrd

    Cain is just like every other republican who objects to America paying its dues, whether it be to the United Nations or the millions of young people who join the military only to find themselves discarded by the nation and society when they return home. Cain is a small and insignificant weasel who should crawl back into his dank hole.

    September 18, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. Robin Bray

    I guess he does not understand that the United Nations is made up of many NATIONS. Why do these idiots who make the most foolish statements get any press time? Has any member of the GOP ever passed High School with at least a C average?

    September 18, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. Reggie from LA

    @Mary, only because it's true when comments are made about racist sentiment about Obama. You know it's true and so do many other [commenters] and readers. No president has EVER been under fire like Obama has been. No other president has been disrespected by national leadership the way he has been, period. Argument to that fact would be false. Cain is a token. Not that he isn't a worthy candidate by any stretch, but he does more to boost "diversity acceptance" for the Tea Party than he does in making headway to the White House, Mary. He has had some really good, common sense ideas and perspective, but let's take an honest look about where he continually winds up in the straw polls. His race is getting into his way too. Every time he opens his mouth with something good, the TP howls in agreement, then leaves his a$$ behind when in comes to support. Don't they Mary?

    September 18, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  5. hypatia

    Bubye Citizen Cain.

    September 18, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. Maude

    First class Token ! Your masters are making a bafoon outa u . Please stop .

    September 18, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. Kenny K

    USA already have control by swaying other nations to follow its course most of the times.

    September 18, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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