Since Fred Thompson got even fewer votes than Ron Paul in New Hampshire will that prevent him from participating in the Jan. 11th debate in South Carolina ? Of course he came in with a squeaker of a third place finish in Iowa with 13% . Maybe that will help him . At any rate , this is just the beginning , but it's crucial . If Fred wins on the Republican side in S.C. all previous bets are off by those who currently do not even mention him anymore as a viable candidate .