Republican Senate candidate David Young says his Christian faith is so strong that, if elected, he would try to introduce New York Sen. Charles Schumer to Jesus Christ.
The Iowa Republican website says Young made those remarks at an event in Cedar Rapids on Monday. Young is a former chief of staff to Republican Sen. Charles Grassley. He entered the crowded Senate race in June.
Schumer, who is Jewish, declined Wednesday to comment on Young's remark.
Young spokeswoman Heather Swift says Young was not talking about converting Schumer to Christianity, but was making the point that sharing about faith can help promote understanding between colleagues. Swift says Young referenced Schumer not for his religion, but because he is a Democratic leader and working together would benefit the public.