Candidates with their ambitions trained firmly on the White House will usually either answer quickly, or, dodge with finesse and possibly humor.
Democrats gathered in Baltimore Tuesday for the latest debate between presidential hopefuls chose the former course of action, as they were asked to name their favorite songs.
Here are the tunes they named, along with a few lines from each song:
"Born down in a dead man's town
The first kick I took was when I hit the ground.
You end up like a dog that's been beat too much
'Til you spend half your life just covering up."
Like a dull knife, it just ain't cuttin
Just talkin loud then sayin nothing."
"All my friends are so small town
My parents live in the same small town
My job is so small town
Provides little opportunity."
"Now young faces grow sad and old and hearts of the fire grow cold
We swore blood brothers against the wind
I'm ready to grow young again."
"Why not think about times to come
And not about the things that you've done
If your life was bad to you
Just think what tomorrow will do."
"What is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught.
To say the things he truly feels;
And not the words of one who kneels.
The record shows I took the blows -
And did it my way!"
"Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too."
"Ran into a chum with a bottle of rum
And we wound up drinkin' all night."
"Listen as your day unfolds
Challenge what the future holds
Try and keep your head up to the sky
Lovers, they may cause you tears
Go ahead release your fears."