Why is Hillary Clinton talking like Bernie Sanders?

In the primaries this made sense. But in the general election?

Hillary Clinton has adopted some ideas from Bernie Sanders.
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President Obama was at his unifying best at the Democratic National Convention. As many commentators pointed out, you would only have to take out a few sentences here and there to make it a Ronald Reagan speech. He spoke about the values that all Americans share. When he attacked Donald Trump, he seemed to attack him from the right as much as the left. Instead of painting him as the true face of the Republican Party — resentment-based white identity politics — Obama described Trump as "not Republican" and "not conservative." In the speech's most stirring moment, the president criticized Trump in terms that all anti-Trump conservatives can embrace: He's an authoritarian who believes that America's problems need to be solved through his personal rule, not through the wisdom of the American people, as America's Founding Fathers intended.

America is already great. America is already strong. And I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump. In fact, it doesn't depend on any one person. And that in the end may be the biggest difference in this election: the meaning of our democracy. Ronald Reagan called America a shining city on a hill. Donald Trump calls it a divided crime scene only he can fix. (...) We're not a fragile people. We're not a frightful people. Our power doesn't come from some self-declared savior promising that he alone can restore order as long as we do things his way. We don't look to be ruled. Our power comes from those immortal declarations first put to paper right here in Philadelphia all those years ago. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that we, the people, can form a more perfect union. That's who we are. That's our birthright. [Obama]

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