By Justin Sink - 02/19/13 03:26 PM EST
Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) for the first time addressed questions over a series of hastily deleted early morning Twitter messages posted last month, denying he was intoxicated at the time.
"Anyone ever hear of pocket tweet, pocket dial? I mean it was pretty simple. I have an iPhone 5. If anyone has iPhone 5, the keys are small," Brown told the Boston Fox News affiliate. "It's very, very sensitive."
"There are some areas that I didn't really didn't understand," Brown said. "It was after her concert, we were here right in the living room. I responded to a couple of people. Then I put it in my pocket. The next thing, I wake up and it trended worldwide."
In the exchanges, all within around a two-minute window, Brown responded to followers who had sent critical tweets with variations on the word "whatever" — including "whatever michael," "whatever bud" and, most repeated, "Bqhatevwr." He also sarcastically called a detractor "brilliant."
But Brown maintains he was not drunk and that he tweets were the result of an oversensitive phone screen.
"First of all, I rarely drink. The last time I was ever drunk was at my bachelor party and that was what, 28 years ago, 27 years ago," Brown said. "So I guess no one has ever pocket dialed or pocket tweeted before."