Schwarzenegger electrified the Republican National Convention on Tuesday evening with a speech blending quips from his movie-star past with somber stories about his immigrant struggles.
At one point, seeking to define the beliefs of his political party, he stated, "If you believe this country, not the United Nations, is the best hope for democracy, then you are a Republican."
Asked about the comment, Ambassador John Danforth, a former Republican U.S. senator from Missouri and an Episcopal minister, told reporters the United States was "a bastion of democracy and is a great beacon for the world."
"But working through the U.N. and working with other countries and working on a multilateral basis is clearly the strategy that we have in our country and it is very important," Danforth said.
The Bush administration and the United Nations have been at loggerheads since the U.N. Security Council declined to give Bush a green light to invade Iraq. But Bush has more recently praised the U.N. after it helped install an Iraqi interim government.