CLEVELAND - Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino spoke with Newsday Wednesday morning in Cleveland about why he says these are perilous times for the country. He also discussed the “vocal but peaceful transitions to new people in power” of American democracy.

QUESTION: Who are you most excited to hear speak, besides Trump, at the convention and why?

ANSWER: Ivanka, because I think she offers a great perspective from business and from being extraordinarily close with her dad. I think she can give a point of view that America needs to hear.

QUESTION: Why is Trump the best candidate to run this country?

ANSWER: Because this country is suffering greatly right now economically. We’re in peril as a nation because of terrorism and a breakdown in national security, and that’s what’s on everybody’s minds and that’s what he’ll address immediately.

And I think he can get the economy going quickly because he understands what it’s like to run a business and he understands that the powers of government can be a big detriment to creating jobs. And she’s the opposite. She feels, like Obama, that the heavy hand of government is what’s necessary. And you don’t get people to invest through coercion.

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And that’s really what’s stifling this economy, is the federal government with their foot on the throat of business and of ordinary citizens. And now the federal government’s in the life of everybody.

QUESTION: What does the 2016 campaign say about America?

ANSWER: That we’re divided, but we also have, by the grace of God from 240 years ago, a system in our country that allows us to have vocal but peaceful transitions to new people in power. And that’s the choice people have to make right now -- which direction.