Cain on the United Nations: I would 'shake them up'
September 17th, 2011
06:00 PM ET
11 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. Tony 140

    I feel like we are the world's ATM machine. Yes, because of our prominent position, we do have responsibilities and financial obligations. However, all our expenditures should be on the table if we are going to address our financial issues at home.

    September 18, 2011 05:03 am at 5:03 am |
  2. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Just like the little baby that they are...the UN needs a good shaking up...from an angry black man. Has Herman Cain produced his long form birth certificate for all of America to see?

    September 18, 2011 05:46 am at 5:46 am |
  3. ptown

    YAWN!!!! Hes still in the race?

    September 18, 2011 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  4. John Wright

    With the move by the Palestinians at the UN it will become a campaign topic of importance and another position most Americans will side with the republicans on and that is the UN is a anti Israeli and anti American organization that the US should either leave at the most or change things up at the least.

    September 18, 2011 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  5. Marie MD

    Nothing says diplomacy more than a bully!

    September 18, 2011 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  6. motley

    it would be nice if for once you could get cnn to play middle ground and have a DEMs did,... seriously who thinks CNN is any better than the other biased media???

    September 18, 2011 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  7. Tam

    It's not the United STATES, but the United NATIONS! He's almost as smart as Palin and Bachman!

    September 18, 2011 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  8. DH

    Go away. You're ugly.

    September 18, 2011 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  9. Dirk

    Josh Bolton under President Bush made the same sort of stupid comments. The U.N. delegations at the U.N. ignored him and we got even less cooperation from them than we did normally. His first meeting chaired as U.S. ambassador to the U.N. every single delegation showed up at least 45 minutes late including the people that were supposed to be our allies. I assume it was to show that he wasn't going to dictate anything to anyone. Made the U.S. and himself look stupid.

    September 18, 2011 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  10. SurRy

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

    September 18, 2011 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  11. Bill

    Why in the world should the USA have more of a say?? Because we give more money?? So money buys power and influence?? Isnt that the problem in politics?? Sorry Herman, the USA has no greater standing than any other nation. We are no better than anyone else. God made us all equally, in His image.

    September 18, 2011 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  12. Out Go The Lights

    We would never pull out of the UN
    that would ruin any chance of a one world government.
    Cain is a nobody who thinks he has a chance at the white house.
    Making pizza's now qualifies you for the white house.

    September 18, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  13. IceT

    Eventhough I like much of Cain's platform, I disagree with his stance on the UN. The UN should NOT be at the disposal of the highest bidder (contributor). It may seem like a good idea for the US right now, but what happens when say Saudi Arabia or China is the biggest contributor? The UN needs some teeth but should represent all nations equally with the best interest of the world its focus.

    September 18, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  14. zb

    Cain, "charged the organization [UN] with not giving America "its due," considering the amount of money it receives from the U.S."

    More proof the only thing Republicans care about is money. Considering that the United States has more business, financial, economic, geo-political, and military interests going on around more of the world then any other nation – not to mention we seem to cause more trouble – then perhaps it makes perfect sense that we pay the most.

    The fact that republicans hate the idea of an organization – no matter how imperfect it may be – where nations can try and communicate and work together on important issues facing us all is also a reminder that republicans aren't really interested in solving problems but only interested in praying about them.


    September 18, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  15. bassman

    CNN spent days trashing Gov. Palin. Now I see Mr. McGinniss gets an interview. Will CNN give an interview to Ron Suskind? His new book portrays Pres. Obama's White House as "hostile towards women? I know you wont reprint this. Its all about protected Obama.

    September 18, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  16. Steve

    No doubt this guy could shake them up at the UN,

    With the worlds larget economy, it naturally follows that the U.S. would be the largest contributer to the costs. After all, the UN headquarters is in the US.

    Anyone think his last name might cast a negative? I mean we are not all logical people, are we?

    September 18, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  17. Joe B

    The UN has its place but one thing for sure is that we're throwing way too much US taxpayer dollars at it. Let the UN move to someplace like Belgium or Netherlands where it belongs.

    September 18, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  18. RushL

    YES! The UN SHOULD BE used to force the world to do what we want!

    September 18, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  19. ED FL

    I see that Mr Cain's hand signals refer to his old job of describing theshape/size of a pizza. Hope he doesn't forget how to make them because a politician.[ HE AIN"T]

    September 18, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  20. DJH

    I live in South Carolina, and this is just pandering to the audience by Cain. They hate the UN in this State, along with Blacks, Mormons, Catholics, Jews, (not to be confused with the Israelis, whom they constantly mistakenly refer to as the Israelites, which the Bible says are the Chosen People, which is why they support Israel but hate Jews...go figure) Northerners, Democrats, Unions,Gays, Lesbians ....and the list goes on and on. Ask how big the crowd was. Not very because he is Black. See above if you need that expalined.

    September 18, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  21. Mary

    All you "RACIST" making negative comments regarding Mr. Cain are nothing but a bunch of "RACIST" (Isn't that the way it goes according to the left if people have negative comments towards Obama?)

    Mr. Cain is a better President than Obama and Mr. Cain isn't even President, yet.

    September 18, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  22. Seattle Sue

    Remember Folks, Cain is just one of the crazy eights.

    September 18, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  23. Mike

    This man not onlt has no shot of even getting to the nomination but he is completely unelectable. Anyone donating to his campaign may as well take that money and throw it in the ocean.

    September 18, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  24. allens

    just ignore him, like a pesky fly, he will leave. just a typical mean spirited gop cabdidate

    September 18, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. Golden Girl

    Ted W. says:
    September 17, 2011 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm
    Does this guy have to try so hard to be an idiot?

    He's not trying at all; it comes naturally!

    September 18, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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