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Obama expects to improve in next week's debate
DARTMOUTH, New Hampshire (CNN) -- Sen. Barack Obama said Monday that he expects his performance in next week's presidential debate to improve from his first head-to-head match-up with the other Democratic contenders last month in South Carolina.

"I assume it will get better as time goes on," the Illinois Democrat answered after being asked whether he expects to receive better reviews at the New Hampshire Democratic presidential debate being held Sunday, June 3rd at Saint Anselm College in Manchester.

The South Carolina Democratic presidential debate was the Illinois senator's first such event and his performance was rated by political analysts as just fair. Obama said the important thing for him is to keep his answers to 60 seconds, but added that it's sometimes hard for him to do so.

"Sometimes I have a long wind up," Obama said.

CNN, WMUR-TV and the New Hampshire Union Leader are hosting the Democratic debate as well as a Republican presidential debate on June 5th.

-- CNN Political Producer Mike Roselli
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