FORTUNE — During the second presidential debate, Mitt Romney raised Silicon Valley eyebrows by suggesting that electric car-maker Tesla Motors Inc. TSLA was a “loser,” akin to failed solar company Solyndra.
The comment was roundly criticized, particularly given that Tesla has been well-received by the public markets and says that it is on track to repay its Department of Energy loan ahead of schedule. Today, Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk stopped by CNBC on the occasion of its “Model S” winning Motor Trend’s Car of the Year award. When asked about his company’s cameo as a “political football” during the presidential campaign, Musk replied:
Here’s the full interview: