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

    Yeah, sure Cain. All of you Republicans are full of big ideas until you get elected. Then you revert to cutting taxes for the rich as a cure for everything. You'll be no better than the rest of the Rethug Nation.

    September 17, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  2. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    Mr. Cain when you get 12% of the vote, I will listen to you.

    September 17, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  3. Pete

    A simplistic gimmicky clown who brings nothing to the table, even this one.

    September 17, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  4. Donkey Party

    Just another GOP yahoo trying to gain attention for himself by proudly displaying his ignorance for the world to see. What a complete and utter fool. Anybody that supports the GOP is supporting America-hating domestic terrorists, and should be shot for treason.

    September 17, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  5. Henry Miller

    If the US is the largest contributor to the UN, maybe it should be run by our rules.

    Though, to be honest, I'd rather save the $583 million, drop American membership in the useless dis-organisation, and kick it out of the country.

    September 17, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  6. bp

    Yeah, and a kid with a squirt gun can also talk about how he could knock off a groups of tanks. Of course, the kid has a greater chance of his fantasy coming true than Cain will have a chance to shake up the UN.

    September 17, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  7. BENJI

    This token should give up. The teabaggers aren't going to elect him because there number one goal is to get rid of President Obama because their whole movement is driven by racism. Hey is just a token black man so the teabaggers can pretend they aren't racist.

    September 17, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  8. Angela Birch

    Hmm he unilaterally will make new rulesfor the UN? I think he has nio notion about the powers and limitations of the job of President.

    September 17, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  9. oleander

    I love how the GOP/Tea Party is trying to return to the nineteenth century when we were all alone here in our nice big continent. It embarrasses me when I read of the progress in other Western nations, whether it is the understanding that it is a small world and we have to work with other nations, or whether it is our apalling ignorance regarding science and technology, or our ridiculous interference with personal lives based on "religion."

    September 17, 2011 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  10. Oldie in TampaBay

    stick with Godfather's Herman!

    September 17, 2011 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  11. George

    Please, this man is not qualified to be POTUS. Go back to making pizzas.

    September 17, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  12. Ted W.

    Does this guy have to try so hard to be an idiot?

    September 17, 2011 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  13. FedUpWithLife

    May I please get a large pie with onions and sausage, thanks, when will it be ready?

    September 17, 2011 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  14. JWR

    Cain hasn't a clue!!!!

    September 17, 2011 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  15. ARTRaveler

    Yes, let's get rid of the forum for settling questions between nations and just use the US military. That won't cost us anything, we will just borrow from China like we did to attack Afganistan and Iraq. It is far cheaper to talk than it is to keep being the bully of the world until we have no friends left.

    That amount of money will buy us two (2) of those new fangled fighters (that we don't need anyway).

    September 17, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  16. azmary

    Sounds to me that Mr. Cain has not grasped the concept of statesmanship. We do not "own" the U.N. and as a participating nation have only one vote in the direction it will go.

    September 17, 2011 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  17. FormerMarineSgt

    Yup. just like the rest of the Republicans. "Let's do everything EXCEPT focus on jobs and the economy".

    September 17, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  18. Emmy Skaddittle

    The UN will give us more "power" because we are so popular in the rest of world? I guess when we make comments like theses are why we are so loved around the world

    September 17, 2011 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  19. TheTraveler

    "And I said my name is Cain," said the Republican. "So I'm all prepared for a hurricane."

    Good grief. Thankfully Cain hasn't a snowballs chance in hell of getting the nomination. It's bad enough that we have to endure the Republicans lunacy here at home ... We need to solve our own problems first, ok?

    September 17, 2011 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  20. dnick47

    The GOP has been harping on this crap since the United Nations was estabilished in 1945: talk about beating a dead horse. Give it up guys cause the UN is here to stay. Now we realize why you want it gone cause the GOP love to start wars, assinate non-complying world leaders (look at Nixon's record) and others create mayhem... its just they don't want to pay in their own blood, so they have Contra's, Freedom Fighters and American minorities fight and bleed and die for their profit: Don't ou think God is seeig all this? Or do you think He is a Republican?

    September 17, 2011 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  21. Bogart

    Maybe we could just get the UN to pay its parking tickets first? Maybe get members to pay their dues? Fix the buildings? Nah, the UN is really only concerned with bashing the USA and Israel at every chance it gets. Maybe we could package the bashing with paying their expenses? Say, an extra week of bashing for the price of diplomat's parking fees?

    September 17, 2011 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  22. Aaron

    Cain has spoken. No more pizza for the UN!

    September 17, 2011 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  23. Larry L

    Republicans will tolerate Cain as long as he serves as a token African American. He should never believe they consider his equal. Take a look at last year's Republican Convention and at all of the Tea Party gatherings. They look like a snow storm of old, angry, white bigots. They talk about people playing the "race card" because when they look in the mirror they see an ugly side of the Republican Party they can't seem to overcome – a side of deep-seated racism. Again – look at the photos and make up your own mind. How about the term "Obammy"? Racist? You bet.

    September 17, 2011 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  24. Max

    The U.N. is not like the US Congress, it's not a lobby at the hands of the highest contributor... (For example, the US is one of the only country to be against a Palestinian state; why is that?...)

    September 17, 2011 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  25. reatte texas

    The united nations is one big joke to start with and the way that they spent money and tell people how to spend the money and then want to tax us is just plain stupid. Like I said they are one big laughing joke in my opinion just like our government is from the top to the bottom

    GOD BLESS US ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2011 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
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