Tavis Smiley and Cornel West bring their poverty tour to Detroit

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Award winning public television host Tavis Smiley along with former Harvard professor Dr. Cornell West drove their poverty bus tour into Detroit Monday.

The town hall meeting was held in the auditorium at city hall and was packed with people supporting President Obama.

They had heard Smiley and West would be bashing the president for failing to make the plight of the poor an issue.

There was some rowdiness and rudeness that made it tough for Smiley to make some of his points but not enough to disrupt the meeting.

Earlier, Smiley told Action News "this is not an anti-Obama tour." However he also said the debt ceiling deal the President struck with Congress "does not extend unemployment benefits, close corporate loopholes or raise one cent for the poor."

The tour will travel to about two dozen cities.

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