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Go on Offense, Romney

Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 4:25 PM ET

Free advice is, well, free advice. But I would say this to Mitt Romney: In your gentlemanly fashion, get on the offense quickly during the debate Wednesday night, and put President Barack Obamaon the defense.

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during the American Legion 94th National Convention on August 29, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Romney is scheduled to accept his party's nomination on August 30.
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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during the American Legion 94th National Convention on August 29, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Romney is scheduled to accept his party's nomination on August 30.

Play the leadership card: “No leadership on the anemic economy. No leadership on the grand-bargain talks with Speaker Boehner, where a great opportunity was blown with your last-minute $400 billion tax hike. No leadership on Simpson-Bowles. No leadership on the credit downgrade.

“And no leadership on the Benghazi catastrophe, where our ambassador was killed and dragged through the streets. Security broke down. If you had read your intel briefing, you would have seen the threat ahead of time. And then you went off to a Las Vegas fundraiser. And then came the cover-up, led by Susan Rice’s five-Sunday-talk-show lying fiasco.” (Read More: Obama, Romney Brawl Over Embassy Attacks.)

And push your tax-cut plan, Governor Romney. Across-the-board rate reductions.

Kudlow's Advice to Romney: Get on Offense
CNBC's Larry Kudlow offers his advice to presidential candidate Mitt Romney ahead of the presidential debate tonight.

Don’t be afraid to sell it. Talk to the middle class, who will get a huge increase in take-home pay as a result of your tax plan, during a period when incomes are falling (as Joe Biden correctly stated). And say that there will be no tax hikes for the middle class. (Read More: Mitt Romney's Tax-Cut Mulligan? )

And talk growth. Growth, growth, growth.

Red line the middle-class tax deductions and explain that the tax-rate cuts for the upper end, which will spur economic and investment incentives for growth, will be balanced with a significant loss of this group’s unnecessary tax deductions.

And back all that up with a strong sell on spending cuts that along with faster 4 percent economic growth and 12 million new jobs will bring the deficit and debt GDP ratios way down.

Growth, growth, growth.

And by the way, don’t forget the corporate tax cut to 25 percent from 35 percent. And put in some sound money, too, to stop the Fed’s assault against the dollar. (Read More: Showdown in Colorado: Will Romney Turn Race Around?)

Be a free-market, free-enterprise visionary. Emphasize opportunity over class warfare. Emphasize employment rather than government dependency.

Emphasize American exceptionalism, at home and abroad.

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  • Lawrence Kudlow is a CNBC senior contributor. Previously, Kudlow was anchor of CNBC's prime-time program "The Kudlow Report"