There's a lot of reporting on the 2015 mayoral race. Some of it is good, even admirable. Most of it is very long, and you know…. that’s not what we do here at Metro.  

Welcome to Week 9 of The Short Answer.

Each week, we ask the mayoral candidates a question. Some will deal with personality, others policy. We give them 50 words to answer it, and yes, we do chop it down if we have to.   

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This week’s question:

Mayor Nutter has a fairly well-documented propensity for using not-safe-for-church language. What gets you mad enough to cuss? 

When I see a child put in harm’s way. As a father of a 12-year old son, nothing bothers me more than when I see the actions of an adult bring harm to a child. We are at our best as a society when we protect our most vulnerable - our children. -- Doug Oliver

Work frustrations. -- Jim Kenney

“My family might say it’s watching the Eagles lose. But the truth is, it’s when we fail to provide for the next generation. Kids don’t ask for much, just love and the opportunity to learn and succeed. When we can’t do that, yeah, I might want to curse." - Tony Williams

"The state of our schools is more frustrating than anything else in Philadelphia these days. I'm 100% dedicated to fixing our schools so every child can get a quality education, and I'm sick and tired of politicians who've been in office for decades acting like they'll finally change things when we got into this mess on their watch." -- Nelson Diaz

"As an elected official I have attempted to use the utmost restraint in expressing myself in ways that some people might find “not-safe-for- church.” While I don’t pretend to be perfect by any means, this is something I've studiously attempted to avoid doing in public pronouncements." -Lynne Abraham