(CNN) — For at least the fourth time in a little more than a month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made it clear she thinks Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama shouldn't run together on a joint ticket this fall.
“No, I don’t think it’s a good idea,” she told CNN’s Larry King Thursday. “First of all, the candidate, whoever he or she may be, should choose his or her own vice presidential candidate. I think that’s appropriate. That’s where you would see the comfort level, not only how to run but how to govern the country.
“And there’s plenty of talent to go around to draw upon for a good, strong ticket. I’m not one of those who thinks that that’s a good ticket.”
King asked whether that was because she thought there was too much animosity between the two.
"No," replied Pelosi. "I just think that — well, let’s put it this way: if they think it’s a good ticket, maybe it is. But I don’t think that we should thrust the vice presidential choice onto the presidential nominee. That’s her or his decision to make."
In an interview with mtvU student journalists earlier this month, she said flatly, "I don't see it… In this case, I don't see that as politically expedient. New York, Illinois…either one I believe are going to be strong Democratic states. I think it is up to the nominee to choose his or her vice presidential candidate."
Pelosi also seemed to suggest the two current Democratic presidential contenders wouldn't feel comfortable together on the same ticket.
"The person that is good is the person the presidential candidate feels comfortable with," she said, adding later, "I've just been involved in politics for a very long time and I just don't think that would be the ticket."
Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill several weeks ago, the House Speaker said bluntly that the two presidential candidates will not end up sharing a ticket.
"I do think we will have a dream team, it just won't be those two names," she said. "Whoever our nominee is and whoever he or she is and whoever he or she chooses, will be a dream team as the Democrats go forward. Take it from me, that won't be the ticket."
Last month, she emphatically told a Boston television station that a joint ticket with Clinton and Obama is "impossible."
"I think that ticket either way is impossible," she said. "I think that the Clinton administration has fairly ruled that out by proclaiming that Senator McCain would be a better commander-in-Chief than Obama."
She was being blunt, she said, because "I wanted to be sure I didn't leave any ambiguity."
The California Democrat, who has remained neutral throughout the party's primary process, said she remains an uncommitted superdelegate.
Pelosi’s remarks came a day after Obama mocked Clinton and her campaign surrogates for suggesting that he would make a good vice president.
(UPDATED with additional Pelosi remarks.)
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