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Possible presidential contender Jon Huntsman has won over Mike Campbell, onetime South Carolina chairman for Mike Huckabee’s White House run in 2008, and son of former South Carolina Governor Carroll Campbell.

“In the quest to replace Barack Obama, we must quickly look to the future,” the younger Mr. Campbell says. After meeting Mr. Huntsman, he’s sold.

“I was extremely impressed. As governor of Utah, he demonstrated he is the type of problem-solver our country needs. He’s a proven conservative who cut taxes, grew jobs, passed free-market health care reform, and signed strong pro-life legislation,” Mr. Campbell adds.

TAMING PTSD

Returning soldiers reluctant to seek psychological therapy for combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder have an alternative. The University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies at Los Angeles has developed war game-style, virtual reality applications to treat it. The researchers found that 80 percent of those who completed treatment showed “clinically meaningful reductions” in PTSD-related anxiety and depression.

“The current generation of young military personnel, having grown up with digital gaming technology, may actually be more attracted to and comfortable with participation in virtual reality exposure therapy,” say the researchers, who modeled the applications based on descriptions of soldiers returning from “the war environment.”

The study, in the Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, deemed the results “encouraging.”

POLL DU JOUR

• 75 percent of Americans say college is “no longer affordable” for most people, 57 percent of U.S. college presidents agree.

• 64 percent of the presidents say President Obama’s goal to have the highest share of college-educated young people in the world by 2020 is not “likely.”

• 60 percent say higher education is going in the “right direction,’ 38 percent disagree.

• 59 percent rate the value of higher education as “good” or excellent” compared to its cost.

• 57 percent of Americans overall rate the value of higher education as “fair” or poor” compared to cost.

• 51 percent of the presidents say the U.S. system is “one of the best in the world,” 19 percent say it is the best in the world.

Source: A Pew Research Poll of 2,142 adults conducted March 15 to 29 and 1,055 college and university presidents conducted March 15 to 24; the results were released Monday.

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