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Rand Paul: ‘Happy’ Is All Over the Place

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Rand Paul and Kelley Ashby at the Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City on April, 29, 2014 Jonathan D. Woods for TIME

The Kentucky Republican seems to like Pharrell

Senator Rand Paul was having a good time at the TIME 100 gala on Tuesday — but that doesn’t mean he planned to dance.

“We’re excited to hear the music,” Paul, a Kentucky Republican and a TIME 100 honoree, said in a brief interview. “Pharrell, ‘Happy,’ is all over the place.”

Paul’s wife Kelley Ashby chimed in with her own reference to a TIME 100 honoree, Carrie Underwood: “Jesus takes the wheel!”

“Last year we had Amy Poehler at our table,” Ashby recalled. “We were up dancing to Miguel, which was so fun. We said we wanted to have a good table this year. We want to be up dancing like last year.”

Paul chimed in skeptically: “One of us will be dancing, maybe.”

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