Mike Pence’s speech is characterized by a mix of direct and indirect argumentation. The speaker uses direct argumentation whenever he makes explicit, clear statements. For example, he is explicit about the nation’s feelings towards veterans: “We are grateful for your service.” (ll. 41-42)

Pence is explicit about the measures implemented by the Trump administration: “This President has already expanded the Veterans Choice Program by more than $2 billion to give our heroes access to real-time, high-quality healthcare.” (ll. 144-146). He is also straightforward about the purpose of the defense budget increase:

We’re going to restore the arsenal of democracy, and we will once again give our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen the resources and training they nee...

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