By Peter Schroeder - 10/07/12 03:19 PM EDT
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) on Sunday said last week's jobs report was a "significant help" to President Obama's reelection bid.
The Labor Department reported Friday that the unemployment rate had fallen to 7.8 percent, the lowest rate since Obama took office.
Gingrich said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that while the president got a boost from that report, the 2012 campaign is going to go down to the wire and has the potential to be "one of the most interesting campaigns in American history."
Gingrich called such conspiracy theories "plausible but irrelevant," arguing that the broader point to be drawn from it is the deep distrust some have of Obama as he wraps up his first term.
"It's worth looking at," he said.
Senior Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs called such accusations "absolutely crazy" and "incredibly dangerous."
"There are some people who believe the real jobs report is in a safe in Nairobi with the president's Kenyan birth certificate," he joked.