You would like us to think the two scenarios are the same.In the second quote Biden is arguing that during the campaign the senate should not take up consideration of a supreme court nominee until after the election. Which is exactly what the Republicans did.
Alas, they are not.
We wanted to use our In Context feature to lay out what Biden said back then outside of McConnell’s sound bite. Readers can determine if it’s relevant now.
Biden's floor speech was on June 25, 1992, more than three months later in the election cycle than it is now.
There was no Supreme Court vacancy to fill.
There was no nominee to consider.
The Senate never took a vote to adopt a rule to delay consideration of a nominee until after the election.