The Discovery Channel teamed up with CNN this week to promote Shark Week during the Democratic primary debates Tuesday and Wednesday, with a live shark taking the stage alongside the candidates.

The shark was able to ease tensions with his easy wit and charm, and gave surprisingly thoughtful answers to questions about education, healthcare, and foreign policy.

In a bit of cross-promotion, the next Democratic candidate forced to apologize for any perceived offense will be fed to sharks live on the Discovery Channel during next year’s Shark Week.